Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope complete transfers to Burnley from Charlton
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 19/07/16 3:08pm
Burnley have signed Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope from Charlton Athletic.
Goalkeeper Pope, 24, has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor, with a further year's option in the club's favour, and joined the Clarets a few hours after Addicks team-mate Gudmundsson.
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The former Ipswich Town trainee is delighted to have joined a club he feels is on the way up, as it will further progress his career and enable him to learn from Tom Heaton and Paul Robinson.
He said: "I want to develop as a goalkeeper and with the 'keepers that are already here I definitely feel I can learn from them.
"They've both experienced the England set up and it's only a good thing for me to be around them day to day in training and at games. I'm really looking forward to it.
"Burnley is a club on the way up so they are two of the main reasons amongst many, many more."
Sky sources reported last week that the Clarets had agreed a £2.5m fee for winger Gudmundsson, who is on his summer break after starting every game of Iceland's run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.
Gudmundsson, 25, has been at Charlton since moving from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in July 2014, scoring 16 goals in 81 appearances, but he is also looking forward to embarking on a new chapter in his career.
He told Burnley's website: "It feels like a family club and everyone is tight to each other.
"The atmosphere around the club is fantastic, and playing against the team last season, I saw just how good the club was - I definitely wanted to join.
"The team spirit in the Iceland team seems to be similar to here where everybody is working for each other and it's a tight group.
"That's what football is about, it's a team sport and everyone works hard for one another here."
Manager Sean Dyche has been looking to add more creativity to his midfield ahead of the Clarets' top-flight return and is pleased to have Gudmundsson on board.
"Johann, we feel, is a quality player who we saw last season playing at Charlton in a tough time and we liked the quality he showed," he said.
"It helps to see a player in the European Championships with that kind of company and he did well there so it was one we all agreed would be a good acquisition for the club and we look forward to working with him going forward."