Football journalist Fabrizio Romano has been speaking on his YouTube channel about the latest in Newcastle United’s pursuit of Kieran Trippier.
Just a matter of days into the January transfer window, the Italian transfer expert believes the Tyneside club are narrowing in on their first signing under their new regime.
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And that is expected to come in the form of Trippier, with Newcastle and Atletico Madrid working on a potential deal to see the 31-year-old make his return to the Premier League after over two years in Spain.
There has been some distance between some of the reports on the expected fee for Trippier, with Romano claiming it to be in the region of £25m, whilst others claim it could be as little as half of that.
But with a deal yet to be fully agreed between the two parties, Romano had the following to say when discussing the latest in the Toon’s hopes to get their January window underway:
“The agreement is getting closer. It’s not ‘here we go’ or a done deal yet, but they’re getting really, really closer.
“They made a proposal around £25m. Atletico Madrid are open to letting the player go because Trippier is understood to plan for his English comeback.
“He wants to be back in Premier League, so that’s why Newcastle are really pushing in the last hours. They have everything ready to try to complete the deal and so Newcastle are getting really, really close to signing Kieran Trippier.”
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We think this could make for a great addition to the Newcastle squad as they not only look to turn a corner in terms of their league form, but also in the stature of the club.
The arrival of the new owners on Tyneside has promised a new lease of life at St. James’ Park, however, there would have to be some time allowed for the transition from a relegation-battling side to their big ambitions.
And we feel the addition of Trippier could go a long way to bridging the gap from where they are now to where they are aiming to go over the next few years.
At 31 years old, Trippier is not a young prospect for the future; he would arrive with the expectation to share his experience in the dressing room and to show it on the pitch.