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Newcastle sign international goalkeeper Bob from Burnley

Newcastle decided Thursday to sign international goalkeeper Nick Pope from local rival Burnley, in a deal valued at nearly 10 million pounds ($12 million).

The 30-year-old agreed to sign a four-year contract with coach Eddie Howe’s team after passing a routine medical exam.

Bob imposed himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the English Premier League during 141 participations with Burnley, but the latter’s fall to the second level “Championship” prompted him to search for a replacement and “Now, with my arrival here, I am looking forward to getting started,” according to what he stated.

Bob, who has played eight international matches so far, will face a fierce competition between the three blocks of Newcastle with Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who played an important role last season in bringing the team to the eleventh place after it was threatened with relegation.

By staying in the Premier League, Bob has boosted his chances of being part of coach Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Qatar World Cup, scheduled for the end of this year.

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