Kieran Trippier: Newcastle complete £12m signing of Atletico Madrid and England defender | Football News

Newcastle have signed right-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid for £ 12 million, plus add-ons.

The English right-back has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with an option for another year.

Trippier flew to Tyneside on Wednesday in a private jet after the smooth and positive talks between the two clubs concluded on Tuesday.

The club is paying £ 12 million plus add-ons to make the 31-year-old the first signing under Saudi owners Newcastle.

Atletico were hoping Trippier would stay but the former Tottenham defender made it clear he wanted to return to England.

Magpies boss Eddie Howe worked with Trippier while he headed Burnley, signing right-back from Manchester City in January 2012 after an impressive loan at Turf Moor.

“I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I learned of Newcastle United’s interest and having worked with Eddie Howe before, I knew that was where I wanted to be,” Trippier said.

Newcastle owners hope to recruit at least three more players this month as they try to keep the club in the Premier League.

He is the penultimate in the standings and two points from salvation after 19 league games this season.

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Trippier played under Eddie Howe for a time at Burnley

Howe added: “I am delighted to welcome Kieran to Newcastle United for a long time. I have long admired his skills and followed his career, so when the opportunity arose to secure him, we didn’t hesitate.

“A lot of hard work went into planning the January transfer window well before the start of the month, which is clear in how quickly we were able to complete this move.”

Will the Trippier affair trigger more arrivals?

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Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol explains what Trippier’s move could mean for Newcastle this month

Sky Sports News’s Kaveh Solhekol told The Transfer Show:

“This is fantastic news for Newcastle fans.

“I think other players who have been contacted by Newcastle will now look at Kieran Trippier and think: ‘Well, he’s an English international, he’ll make that team a lot stronger, he’s improved their chances of staying on their feet. Maybe I should look at that too. . If he agrees, maybe I should too. ‘

“It will be difficult for Newcastle to take other players, but I think they definitely will, especially from what Keith Downie and Pete Graves are telling us. They are in the transfer market for other players, I think they will try to borrow offers too, but it’s a fantastic start for the window for Newcastle.

“It’s also very significant that they did it at the start of the window, because we know they have some big, big matches coming up and Kieran Trippier is 100% fit, and he looks like he’s 100% committed and ready for the challenge. “.

Analysis: What will Trippier bring to Newcastle?

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Pete Smith examines what kind of impact Kieran Trippier could have if he moved to Newcastle United from Atletico Madrid.

Peter Smith of Sky Sport:

Newcastle set an unwanted record in 2021 – the 80 goals conceded were the highest ever recorded in a calendar year by a Premier League team. This season, in the first 19 games, they have suffered 42: only eight teams have ever suffered more in that phase of the Premier League.

This loss proved costly, with Newcastle losing more points from winning positions than any other team this campaign.

Add in the fact that Newcastle have conceded more shots on goal than any other Premier League team over this period and the picture is clear: this is a defense that desperately needs reinforcements in January.

Eddie Howe – who hasn’t been able to orchestrate a significant improvement in that department since taking over from Steve Bruce – turned to a familiar face for help.

Howe coached Trippier for two seasons in the league when they were both at Burnley 10 years ago. Trippier has since become one of Europe’s best right-backs, reaching a Champions League final with Tottenham before winning La Liga last season with Atletico Madrid, where Diego Simeone’s manager improved his defensive skills. .

Trippier’s reliability and creativity on crosses and set pieces have also made him a favorite of England manager Gareth Southgate, who addressed him at key moments in the team’s run to the Euro 2020 final last summer before. to hand him the captain’s armband for the World Cup qualification with Andorra in October.

Trippier will add leadership, experience and quality to the rear. Newcastle will need a reinforcement in other areas as well, but it is a transfer that raises their hopes of ensuring the Premier League’s survival.

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