Burnley could be in need of a new goalkeeper after number one Nick Pope sealed a move back to the Premier League with Newcastle United.
The Clarets keeper has signed a four year deal at St James’ Park, for a fee believed to be around £12million but officially announced as undisclosed. He departs Turf Moor after six seasons at Burnley.
The 30-year-old wanted to remain in the Premier League following the Clarets’ relegation to keep alive his hopes of making England’s World Cup squad this winter. The stopper will have his eyes on displacing Martin Dubravka as the Newcastle No.1.
Pope was a huge success since arriving at Turf Moor, initially as back-up, before taking his chance when Tom Heaton was injured and going on to displace him as number one, earning England recognition along the way. He has made 155 appearances for the Clarets.
Burnley may look to sign a replacement, though the Clarets do have international keepers Wayne Hennessey and Bailey Peacock-Farrell under contract already and need to strengthen in other areas of the pitch. But looking at the goalkeeping front, here are three players which could fill the gap lelft in the squad by Pope’s departure.
Seny Dieng – QPR
Senegal international Dieng has been at QPR since 2016. He has featured at Lofus Road mostly in the past two seasons, following a spell on loan at Doncaster Rovers in the 2019/20 campaign.
He has racked up nearly 70 games for the West London club in the past two seasons. He has three caps for Senegal after making his debut for the African nation last year.
Born in Switzerland, Dieng, 27, has a contract until the summer of 2024, so would command a transfer fee in order to secure his signature. However, a move to the Clarets with ambitions to bounce back to the Premier League could be an attractive prospect.
Michael Cooper – Plymouth Argyle
Cooper has played for Argyle after coming through the youth team ranks at Home Park. He made his debut for the club in 2017.
Since then, he has gone on to play 111 times for the Green Army. Last season, the 22-year-old played 52 times in all competitions and was the Devon club’s number one stopper.
Like Dieng, Cooper has a contract until the summer of 2024. But the prospect of moving up a division to the Championship could prove an attractive option.
Aro Muric – Manchester City
One of several goalkeepers at the Premier League champions, Muric has played five times for Pep Guardiola’s outfit. He spent the most recent campaign out on loan at Adana Demirspor in the Turkish top flight.
Muric has had several loan spells in his career so far, with the 23-year-old also spending time at NAC Breda, Nottingham Forest, Giona and Willem II. He has also made almost 30 appearances for the Kosovo national team.
With Ederson City’s undisputed number one and the likes of Zack Steffen and veteran Scott Carson still at the Etihad Stadium, a loan move could be fruitful for Muric. With new Clarets boss Vincent Kompany’s obvious links to City, it would also make sense in that regard too.
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