Pope emerges as Bournemouth target
Premier League outfit Bournemouth are lining up a summer offer for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, reports claim.
Pope broke onto the scene last season after being thrust into first-team action due to injuries and he took the opportunity with both hands, featuring 35 times in the league and earning rave reviews for his performances.
The 26-year-old, who arrived at Turf Moor in 2016 from Charlton Athletic, made his debut for England last year while he was also included in Gareth Southgate's 2018 World Cup squad for the tournament in Russia.
Just as the shot-stopper's career was taking off, he suffered a dislocated shoulder in pre-season and was subsequently ruled out for five months, making his return for the Under-23s in December.
Since his absence, Tom Heaton has managed to wrestle the number one jersey back from summer arrival Joe Hart and the duo have forced Pope to watch from the sidelines for the second half of the campaign.
It is now being claimed Bournemouth are looking to take advantage of the situation and offer the keeper the chance of regular first-team football at the Vitality Stadium next season.
Eddie Howe has become frustrated with Artur Boruc and Asmir Begovic this term and the English tactician has put Pope at the top of his transfer wishlist.
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