Pope offer accepted and Henderson next
The ever reliable Rich Cawley has claimed that Burnley have reached the transfer amount that Duchatelet was hanging out for, thought to be £1m, and Nick Pope is returning from Austria to put pen to paper. I expect him to be unveiled at Turf Moor the same day next week as Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Cawley also said that Nottingham Forest will make a move for fellow ‘keeper Stephen Henderson. The two keepers combined to help get us relegated but will not be joining the rest of us.
Pope played 33 times for Charlton and in all honestly rarely looked comfortable. Every time the ball went anywhere near him, panic used to strike me, and often him. Pope was signed from Bury Town and did widely impress on loan at a much lower level, where he was given long first team runs.
I would assume Burnley only watched him towards the end of last season when he was one bright spot helping to keep our goals against down to double figures! Pope will like many other ex-goalkeeping Addicks warm the bench in the Premier League next season behind the excellent Tom Heaton.
As for Henderson, his departure is not surprising. The Irishman is understood to have made his feelings about the owner and particularly the CEO very clear, especially after he was left to explain the Huddersfield debacle whilst Karel Fraeye hid.
I like Henderson and although, not alone, he had some rough patches last season, he is a solid keeper and at 28 is reaching the peak of his career. I would love to see him stay, but I don’t think he will. Forest’s current no.1 is the experienced Dutchman Dorus de Vries.
I wonder how well Russell Slade knew that he would lose the vast amount of the squad that he inherited? No one will be sold cheaply he said. Well with Zakarya Bergdich having his contract cancelled, I expect we will sell Ademola Lookman, Tony Watt and Jorge Teixeira. Morgan Fox, Tareiq Holmes Dennis, Cristian Cebellos and Callum Harriott will all have a price as well.
The pertinent question is, what funds will Slade be given to replace those that leave or will he be left with having to pick up trialists and free transfers with just 3 weeks left until the new season.