Who will Newcastle United sign after Kieran Trippier?
Trippier joins the Premier League outfit, who currently find themselves in a relegation dogfight. Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is hoping to add more new faces to his squad.
Newcastle United have completed the signing of Kieran Trippier from Atlético Madrid in a £12 million deal. The England international joins on a two-and-a-half-year deal from the LaLiga champions.
Trippier spent two-and-a-half seasons at Atlético, having joined from Tottenham in 2019. Negotiations between the LaLiga club and Newcastle started in December, with Atlético agreeing to sell the Trippier when it became clear that he wanted to return to England.
The right-back enjoyed a successful spell in Spain. Last season, he won a league title with Atlético and was named in the La Liga team of the year. Atlético sporting director Andrea Berta has started his search to find a replacement for the English defender. Lille defender Zeki Çelik is a potential replacement at right-back. Sime Vrsaljko and Marcos Llorente are the current options Diego Simeone currently has available in the position. The latter is more productive in a more advanced role.
Trippier’s Premier League experience and also his reputation should improve the Newcastle side. Upon signing, he said: "I’m delighted to be joining this fantastic club. I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I became aware of interest from Newcastle United, and having worked with Eddie Howe before, I knew this was where I wanted to be.
"I’m aware there is a lot of work ahead of us but I know the demands of Premier League well and I know what an amazing club this is with very talented players. I can’t wait to get started and I’m excited to step out at St. James’ Park as a Newcastle player."
Newcastle look for more defensive options
Newcastle are hoping to add to the signing of Trippier in the January transfer window as they look to stay in the Premier League. Lille centre-back Sven Botman as well as Sevilla defender Diego Carlos have both been linked with moves to the Magpies. Sevilla rejected a bid for Diego Carlos but talks between the two sides have continued. Newcastle have submitted a new bid for Botman, according to David Ornstein and talks are also ongoing with Lille. Eddie Howe's side currently sit in 19th place in England's top flight.
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