Newcastle are hoping to confirm the £ 12m signing of Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier on Friday.
Trippier arrived in the Northeast to complete the final stages of his move on Wednesday and underwent a doctor before signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the option of another year.
Newcastle and Atletico have agreed on a deal Tuesday that will see the Premier League club pay £ 12 million plus add-ons to make the 31-year-old their first purchase under Saudi Arabian-backed ownership.
Atletico were hoping Trippier would stay but the defender made it clear he wanted to return to England.
Magpies boss Eddie Howe worked with Trippier while he headed Burnley, signing him from Manchester City in January 2012 after an impressive loan spell at Turf Moor.
Newcastle owners hope to recruit at least three more players this month as they try to keep the club in the Premier League. I am currently penultimate in the standings and are two points from salvation.
Newcastle are interested in making Todd Cantwell one of those new signings, with an offer of between £ 15-20m that would be needed to persuade Norwich to sell the midfielder.
Cantwell’s contract with Norwich expires at the end of the season, but the Canaries have the option to extend the deal for another year.
Will the Trippier affair trigger more arrivals?
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’s going to 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 sign other players, but I think they certainly will, especially from what Keith Downie and Pete Graves are telling us. I’m in the transfer market for other players, I think they’ll be looking to make loans too, but it’s a fantastic start for Newcastle’s window.
It’s also very significant that they did it early in the window, because we know they have some big, big matches coming up and Kieran Trippier is 100% fit, and it looks like he’s 100% committed and up for the challenge. .
Analysis: What would Trippier bring to Newcastle?
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.
If Newcastle can bring him to St James’ Park, Trippier will add leadership, experience and quality to the rear. Newcastle will need a reinforcement in other areas as well, but it would be a transfer that would raise their hopes of ensuring the Premier League’s survival.
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