Nick Pope celebrated his 30th birthday earlier this week. If he was an outfield player, Burnley’s England international may already be turning around after the Premier League.
Maybe a career as an expert. This UEFA A license will not earn itself.
However, goalkeepers tend to stay a little longer. And at 30, Pope may have another decade left at the top level. He is younger than David de Gea, Hugo Lloris, Kasper Schmeichel, Vicente Guaita, Fraser Forster and the man he could replace at West Ham United.
Fabianski also celebrated a birthday this week, about 24 hours before Pope unleashed his own party poppers. 37 candles burned his Cake.
And while Fabianski is expected to sign a new contract at the London Stadium, West Ham’s desire to bring a younger, fresher option between the sticks makes sense. After all, Pope is seven years younger than Fabianski.
what’s more The times believe a Burnley side staring into the relegation battle could accept bids as low as £12m. Assuming Pope stays at West Ham until he’s 37 or 38, that would work out to around £1.5million a season.
Bargain of the season?
In fact, it’s hard to imagine West Ham finding a keeper that offers better value for money than Burnley’s eight-time England international. Appropriately for a man with his last name, Pope is quite adept at performing miracle rescues. David Moyes and company found that out the hard way when Burnley clinched a point at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Pope made five stops to keep West Ham at bay, including an excellent reaction to keep a staker away from Jarrod Bowen and a real save of the season contender, scraping Issa Diop’s ballhead off the line.
Hey, if you can’t beat them, buy them. And for £12million West Ham could grab the bargain of the summer. One of the best bargains of any Summer.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/21/12m-for-incredible-player-west-ham-could-pull-off-2021s-best-bargain/ £12m for an ‘incredible’ player; West Ham could get the best bargain of 2021