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Nick Pope and Man Utd star on Fulham shopping list as Marco Silva prepares for top-flight return


Fulham are eyeing moves for Burnley keeper Nick Pope and a Manchester United player ahead of their potential return to the Premier League, according to a report.

The Cottagers have been in fantastic form this season, winning 23 of their 37 Championship matches so far. They have hit an impressive 90 goals in that time, largely due to the exploits of Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. His record stands at 35 strikes in as many games this term – giving the 27-year-old the most goals in a single Championship campaign ever.

Fulham have an eight-point lead on second-placed Bournemouth, making them favourites to achieve promotion and win the Championship title. Only a severe capitulation in the final nine games would see them remain in the second division.

As such, manager Marco Silva is already planning his summer transfers to prepare for the top flight.

According to The Sun, Silva wants Fulham to bring in England shot-stopper Pope from Burnley. His asking price currently sits at £20million, but this could fall if the Clarets suffer relegation.

Pope is also likely to push for a move if Sean Dyche’s men fail to avoid the drop. He would suffer a wage cut and potentially fall out of the England setup by playing in the Championship.

Nick Pope could replace Fulham regular

Silva believes the 29-year-old can be a top-class replacement for Fulham’s current number one, Marek Rodak. That is despite the Slovakian keeping 12 clean sheets in all competitions this season.

As shown by Chris Wood’s move to Newcastle, Burnley are willing to sell their star players if a club comes in with a significant offer. And Fulham are looking to capitalise on this.

However, Pope is not the only keeper in Fulham’s sights. The Sun claim United’s Dean Henderson is also under consideration.

He is firmly behind David de Gea in the pecking order at Old Trafford. That has seen the Englishman pick up just three senior appearances in 2021-22.

Watford made a late push to sign Henderson during the January transfer window. But Ralf Rangnick did not want the one-cap international to leave, forcing him to spend effectively the rest of the season on the bench.

Henderson would likely be willing to join Fulham if they did come calling. It would give him the chance to get regular game time again, just like he did at Sheffield United.

The only stumbling block for a move to Craven Cottage would be United’s terms for the deal. The Red Devils would like Henderson to leave on loan, whereas Fulham want a permanent replacement for Rodak.

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