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

Fulham are considering moves for Burnley goalkeeper 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 league games so far. They scored an impressive 90 goals in that span, largely thanks to the exploits of Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. His record stands at 35 strikes in as many games this season, giving the 27-year-old the most goals in a single league campaign.

Fulham have an eight-point lead over second-placed Bournemouth, making them the favorites to gain promotion and win the league title. Only a severe capitulation in the last nine games would see them stay in the second division.

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

According to The sunSilva wants Fulham to bring English striker Pope from Burnley. His asking price currently sits at £20million, but that could drop 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 take a pay cut and potentially fall out of the English setup playing in the Championship.

Nick Pope could replace regular Fulham

Silva believes the 29-year-old can be a top-notch replacement for current Fulham number one Marek Rodak. And this despite the fact that the Slovak has kept 12 clean sheets in all competitions this season.

As Chris Wood’s move to Newcastle shows, Burnley are ready to sell their star players if a club comes up with a big offer. And Fulham are looking to take advantage of that.

However, Pope is not the only goalkeeper in Fulham’s sights. The sun complaint United’s Dean Henderson is also under consideration.

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

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

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

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

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