West Ham are keeping an eye on Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope ahead of a possible summer bid.
Burnley have suffered a miserable campaign in the Premier League and are third in the standings, three points from the safety zone. The club sacked Sean Daichi last week and appointed former under-23 coach Mike Jackson as interim coach until the end of the season.
Clarett stares at relegation and West Ham want to capitalize on their position by banishing Nick Pope. Bob, 30, joined Burnley from Charlton Athletic in 2016 and made nearly 150 appearances for the club. He was exceptional recently in Burnley’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, making a string of major saves to help his team earn a vital point at the London Stadium.
Should Burnley drop, Bob could be available for a reduced-price deal for West Ham, who are looking at the England international as a replacement for Alphonse Areola.
Iron has a £10m option to buy Alphonse Areola directly from PSG when his loan expires at the end of the season. However, the French goalkeeper’s £120,000-a-week wage demands would put him near the top of the club’s wage structure.
Also, he has emerged as an option to chase Fulham – a well-known venue for the 29-year-old having spent the 2020-21 season on loan.
Lukasz Fabianski has been a reliable player for West Ham since signing from Swansea City in 2018. He has played more than 130 times for the East London side and was an important part of the team’s defensive line under David Moyes.
Having recently turned 37, it is plausible that Moyes will seek a long-term Polish goalkeeper replacement before next season. Moise and West Ham have the option to convert Areola’s loan from PSG to a permanent one but his wage demands are proving to be an obstacle.
In this case, though, the Hammers set out to find a new goalkeeper.
Nick Pope has fallen on West Ham’s radar, as Moyes seeks to secure his football division for next season.
Pope has played some of his best in the past few years with Burnley, and at 29, he is at the right age to move to a bigger club in the Premier League. He had a fair amount of flying experience and made his way into the Three Lions’ Hangar.
The eight-man England international would want guarantees from Moyes to become No. 1 if he were to move to West Ham in the summer. If Moyes can provide him with first-team guarantees as well as relegated Burnley, West Ham can make a fantastic deal with Bob.
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