Arsenal plan to pounce for out-of-favour Burnley shot-stopper Nick Pope


ARSENAL are ready to pounce on Burnley keeper Nick Pope this summer.

England World Cup squad man Pope has lost his place in the Clarets side since dislocating his shoulder last year.

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Nick Pope could be on his way to Arsenal this summer[/caption]

Tom Heaton is first choice after returning from his own injury, with Joe Hart as back-up.

Boss Sean Dyche admits one keeper will have to go — and Turf Moor sources reveal Pope’s name is on the exit ticket.

Pope, 26, was linked with Tottenham during his injury absence but the form of Paulo Gazzaniga when called on means he is no longer needed.

But the Gunners are now interested as they seek a replacement for retiring Petr Cech.

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Unai Emery’s team may pounce on the keeper’s position at the end of the season[/caption]

Arsenal will only have a No 2 vacancy to offer Pope or any other keeper they bring in, though there is a chance to dislodge Bernd Leno if his form falters.

Pope has not been able to play much since his injury and his England slot is also up in the air because of his absence.

A move to London — where he made his name at Charlton — might give him a second crack.

Burnley would want around £10million for Pope but Arsenal have several fringe men they could put into the deal.



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