Luke Edwards of The Telegraph has reported that Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier and are hoping to tie up a deal for the former Tottenham Hotspur man in the next seven days as they look to strengthen in their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
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Trippier was reportedly eager to leave Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2021 with Manchester United showing interest in the defender but they were ultimately unwilling to meet the Spanish clubs’ €40 million valuation of the player.
Now, the newfound riches at Newcastle United are ready to start being spent and Trippier is one player on the radar of Toon boss Eddie Howe. Trippier is 31 and his current contract in Madrid expires in 2023 meaning that they may now be ready to listen to offers in the region of €30 million.
According to Marca.com, Newcastle’s new owners would be willing to offer Trippier a salary of €8 million per year.
One issue that Newcastle will face in their attempts to sign new players will be that teams are likely to inflate prices for potential targets knowing that the North East club have the money to spend. Agents will look to Newcastle as a prime location for their clients and it could see them paying over the odds for ageing players so they will need to manage the situation carefully.
The Telegraph reports that Nick Hammond, formerly director of football at Celtic has said: “There is a price for Newcastle and a different one for every other club. But we know what needs to be done, the list of targets is there and we are working extremely hard to get them finalised as quickly as we can. Everyone knows we need players to help the ones we already have and the earlier we get them in January the better.”