With Nick Pope reportedly wanted by Championship clubs - where might Burnley 'keeper end up?

Goalkeepers Jordan Pickford, Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Nick Pope look on during an England training session, on the eve of their international friendly against Italy at Tottenham Hotspur...

Norwich City, Leeds United and Sheffield United look the most likely Championship clubs to join Burnley in next season's Premier League.

Nick Pope of Burney in action during the Premier League match between Burnley and Leicester City at Turf Moor on April 14, 2018 in Burnley, England.

The Burnley goalkeeper, Nick Pope, is being looked at by clubs 'getting promoted from the Championship', according to The Sun. Norwich City, Leeds United and Sheffield United are the three who currently lead the way in England's second tier, but which of those are the most likely Pope suitors, with Burnley reportedly set to cash in?


Tim Krul of Norwich celebrates their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Hull City at Carrow Road on March 13, 2019 in Norwich, England.

The Canaries employ just two senior goalkeepers, Tim Krul and Michael McGovern. And, despite a successful campaign, collectively, Krul's ability has at times come into question, while McGovern is out of contract this summer. Pope is therefore a logical target should Norwich achieve promotion, especially having grown up not too far from Carrow Road in Soham, Cambridgeshire. That said, he is a former Ipswich Town youth team player and season ticket holder.

Verdict: Likely


Kiko Casilla of Leeds United holds his side after a collision with Craig Dawson of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion...

In Kiko Casilla, the former Real Madrid goalkeeper signed in January, the Whites finally appear to have solved their goalkeeping issues. However, an experienced competitor could well be sought should Leeds return to the Premier League. Pope, though, will surely favour regular first-team football after losing his place at Burnley - not least in a European Championship season.

Verdict: Least likely

Sheffield United

Dean Henderson of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 9, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

The Blades made, arguably, the signing of the Championship season in Dean Henderson, but the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper may not be back term, and would need replacing. Pope to Bramall Lane certainly makes sense - provided Sheffield United are a Premier League club.

Verdict: Most likely

Could Pope be a target for anyone else?

Of the cashing pack (fourth to 11th), Middlesbrough, Derby County, Bristol City, Preston North End, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday may have cause to upgrade/replace their 'keepers, although West Bromwhich Albion and Aston Villa have recently made long-term additions in Pope's position.

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