Former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has told Newcastle United to forget Dean Henderson and instead try to sign Nick Pope.
Newcastle’s recruitment since their takeover last year has been exceptional. Each of their signings had added something to the side, and helped them climb the table.
Indeed, following a rocky start, they managed to finish in 11th place. The Magpies will no doubt want to build upon their good form going into next season.
Signing more competent players is sure to help with that. Eddie Howe’s side have been linked with a number of deals for this summer.
One man who has been linked is Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson. The stopper showed his form over the last few season, both at United, and during a loan spell at Sheffield United.
However, he has hardly played this season, making just three appearances. As such, former Prem goalkeeper Kenny thinks Newcastle should prioritise the signing of relegated keeper Pope, instead.
“If I was going to sign anyone for a big fee, it would be Pope at Burnley,” he told Football Insider.
“Pope is older than someone like Dean Henderson but all that means is Pope is in his prime.”
Indeed, Pope has had a number of good seasons in the Premier League, keeping 47 clean sheets in 141 games.
That is a big contrast to Henderson, who has played just 49 top-flight matches in his career.
Kenny rates Nick Pope a good Magpies signing
Seemingly, Kenny feels Pope would be a shrewd piece of business for Newcastle.
“He would also be a lot cheaper than Henderson. I think Pope could be signed for next to nothing,” he added.
“Burnley need to sell and Pope won’t want to stay. They can get that deal done.”
It seems unlikely after five years in the Premier League – and eight England caps – that Pope would want to play in the second tier.
“It’s a no brainer for me,” Kenny added.
Indeed, Newcastle would be getting a goalkeeper with a lot of Premier League experience in Pope. He has saved Burnley on countless occasions, and having a keeper that they can truly rely on will help Newcastle as they look to ascend the league.
As such, it would be a top signing, should they manage to get it done.
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