To help Newcastle escape their embarrassing relegation zone, the new shareholders have signed four players in the winter window. The first signing expected by the Saudi consortium is Kieran Trippier, an England international.
Sky Sports‘ Keith Downie reports on Newcastle hoping to sign a deal to bring England right-back Trippier (who plays for Atletico Madrid) back to the Premier League.
Trippier began the match in Atletico’s 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in the early hours of this morning. He then waved to Atletico supporters after the match at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and gave a farewell gesture to the fans.
Diego Simeone, Atletico’s boss, said that the internet was abuzz with speculation. He stated: “As the bandit stated the other day it’s up the player to decide whether he wants to stay or go. While we want to keep him, and we hope that he stays with us,” it’s clear that if a player wishes to leave, it’s not possible to retain him.
Romano, a well-respected journalist, posted that Trippier is closer to joining Newcastle, despite not having completed the transfer. The Magpies also submitted an official offer for Atletico Madrid to make a deal on transferring the Three Lions international.
Trippier is a strong advocate for the Premier League and Newcastle has been pushing for his transfer ever since 15 December 2013.
Newcastle made an offer to Atletico Madrid of EUR30million. Trippier will receive a lucrative contract worth EUR9million per year.
Eddie Howe, Newcastle’s boss, worked with Trippier at Burnley. Trippier signed the right-back contract from Manchester City in January 2012. Trippier then spent four seasons at Turf Moor.
Trippier joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 for EUR5million. He spent four seasons with Spurs before moving to Atletico Madrid in 2019 for EUR22 million. Trippier was instrumental in Atletico winning the La Liga title last season and was named the La Liga Team Of The Year.
Trippier, who has played 35 international matches for England, scored the fastest goal in the Europa League final against Italy last season when he assisted Luke Shaw in the first two minutes.
Micky Quinn, a former Newcastle striker, hopes that his new owners can bolster their team with January signings. Newcastle is looking to sign three additional players once Trippier is settled.
Newcastle currently sits 19th in Premier League and has only won one of their 19 games. The defense has conceded 42 goals this season, which is tied with Norwich’s record. Eddie Howe hopes his former pupil will bring a better defense to the team and help lay the foundation for relegation.