Magpies boss Eddie Howe wants to bring in a shot-stopper to challenge Martin Dubravka between the sticks and Newcastle have identified Burnley star Pope as their top target.


The England international has been a key player for Burnley but was unable to help his side avoid relegation last term from the Premier League.



Newcastle have been locked in talks with the Clarets hierarchy over a move for Pope and they have made progress.


The Tyneside giants are now close to agreeing a move for the 30-year-old as negotiations with Burnley have reached an advanced stage.



Newcastle are tipped to fork out a fee in the £8m to £10m range for Pope’s signature, although there is still some work to get the deal over the line.


Pope is keen to earn a ticket to the forthcoming Qatar World Cup with the England national team and will be pushing Dubravka for top flight game time at Newcastle, provided the deal is completed.



And if the Burnley shot-stopper moves to St James’ Park, it will also put Karl Darlow’s future at the club further under the scanner, while Freddie Woodman is set to join Preston North End.