West Ham have made an approach for Burnley pair Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, according to a club insider.
Ex-WHU Employee, who is a renowned source of Hammers news, has claimed in a transfer update for the West Ham Way site that the club have held preliminary discussions with their Premier League counterparts about goalkeeping pair Heaton and Pope.
He explained that the Londoners would be keen to sign “either” of the duo as they look for a keeper to compete with Adrian for the number one spot next season.
It is certainly remarkable that Burnley are so well stocked in the keeper position and testament to the outstanding recruitment of the Premier League minnows, who have punched so impressively above their weight in recent seasons. Heaton missed most of 2017-18 after undergoing shoulder surgery but ex-Charlton keeper Pope stepped in so well and performed so consistently that he is in the England World Cup squad that has just arrived in Russia. Both the Burnley men – Heaton was a regular in the England squad before his injury – are upgrades on Adrian as well as 2017-18 loanee Joe Hart, who has returned to parent club Manchester City after another underwhelming campaign. It is clear the Hammers will recruit another senior keeper this summer, but much could depend upon who Sean Dyche envisages as his number one at the start of next season. That will likely depend upon the events of pre-season, which means West Ham might have to bide their time for a late-window deal.