NEWCASTLE have been told they can sign Kieran Trippier for just £15million, according to reports.
But Atletico Madrid want to secure a permanent replacement before allowing the England man to leave.
The Magpies are keen to make the most of their sudden injection of cash following the Saudi-backed takeover earlier in the season.
And with Eddie Howe’s side precariously positioned in the relegation zone, they know added quality is needed in the January transfer window.
One of their primary targets is the Atletico right-back.
Trippier, 31, has bags of experience in the Premier League, has 35 caps for England including at two major tournaments and continues to shine in Spain.
He won LaLiga last season and has been a key member of Diego Simeone’s team since his 2019 switch from Spurs.
In fact, Atletico have felt his absences hard – through a suspension last season and a dislocated shoulder this term – with Marcos Llorente and Sime Vrsaljko not able to match his standards.
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That is why, according to the Daily Mail, Simeone would prefer to have someone lined up rather than selling Trippier with no plan – although he is open to receiving extra cash for the ace who has already revealed his desire to return to England.
Manchester United were keen on Trippier in the summer, but were put off by the Spanish side’s high transfer fee demands.
But six months on, Newcastle will look to secure a cut-price fee which would give the Toon a much-needed boost at both ends of the pitch.
As well as being an accomplished defender, Trippier can be devastating in attack with his wicked crossing ability and set-piece delivery.
And signing for Newcastle would represent a reunion with Howe.
Howe signed Trippier for Burnley from Manchester City in 2011, with the full-back spending four years at Turf Moor before joining Tottenham after 185 appearances and seven goals.
Newcastle are also being linked with a number of other transfer targets.
Burnley defenders James Tarkowski and Ben Mee are options, especially with the former’s contract expiring next summer.
And the club may make a double swoop on Manchester United for Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to bolster their attack, while SunSport also revealed their interest in Edin Dzeko.
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