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Newcastle target Burnley keeper Nick Pope as Tom Heaton closes in on return from injury

Clarets boss Sean Dyche faces a dilemma when Heaton is fit and ready to get his No1 jersey back

Burnley face a surprise keeper headache — with Nick Pope fancied by Newcastle.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche will have a dilemma when Tom Heaton is fit and ready to get his No 1 slot back after Pope impressed when given his chance.

Burnley’s Nick Pope is a surprise target for Newcastle

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Burnley’s Nick Pope is a surprise target for Newcastle

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Heaton, 31, was in the England squad and captain of Burnley before a dislocated shoulder put him out last September, so he will expect a quick return to the side.

But Pope, 25, has been so good that he has attracted the interest of Toon manager Rafa Benitez — and he could be keen on regular Premier League action if he loses his top spot at Turf Moor.

Burnley do not want to lose either keeper but it will be tough to keep them both happy when the pair are duelling for game time.


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Heaton has been a major part of the Clarets’ success story, while former Charlton stopper Pope’s emergence from the shadows has been one of the big pluses of this campaign.

Nick Pope has been Burnley’s stand-in keeper for the injured Tom Heaton

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Nick Pope has been Burnley’s stand-in keeper for the injured Tom Heaton

Martin Dubravka impressed on his Newcastle debut in the victory against Manchester United

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Newcastle could have the option to sign Martin Dubravka at the end of the season

Meanwhile Newcastle reportedly have the option to buy goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for just £3.5million at the end of the season.

In his first game since joining the Magpies on loan from Sparta Prague the 29-year-old put in a man-of-the-match performance in the 1-0 victory against Manchester United.


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