Newcastle handed a major boost in their bid to beat the drop with Kieran Trippier ready to QUIT Atletico Madrid to join Eddie Howe’s men in January
- Kieran Trippier has just over six months left on his contract at Atletico Madrid
- The 31-year-old was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer
- He is now ready to move to Newcastle to help the club in their fight to stay up
- If he gets his move to Tyneside, he would become Newcastle’s top earner
Kieran Trippier has given the green light to a move to Newcastle in a huge boost to Eddie Howe.
Trippier – one of manager Howe’s top January targets – is ready to swap Atletico Madrid for Newcastle with his prospective St James’ Park teammates aware of his willingness to join their fight to beat the drop.
As reported by Sportsmail yesterday talks over a deal for Trippier have been ongoing since last month.
Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has given the green light to a move to Newcastle
The England international is one of Newcastle manager Eddie Howe’s top January targets
If Newcastle can agree a fee with Atletico, Trippier would be in line to become their top earner on around £150,000-per-week.
Former Tottenham full-back Trippier, who played under Howe at Burnley, has been keen on a return to England for some time though Atletico’s £25m valuation was a stumbling block in the summer amid interest from Manchester United.
United’s position on Trippier, 31, is uncertain following their change of manager, with Ralf Rangnick now in interim charge at Old Trafford, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was keen to bring in the England defender.
Trippier joined Atletico Madrid in 2019, but is heading into the final 18 months of his contract
Sources close to Atletico believe Trippier’s asking price could end up being less than half what they wanted in the summer with his £130,000-per-week contract at the Spanish champions heading into the final six months.
Trippier’s current deal includes a one-year option if he starts 20 games this season, which would impact Atletico’s demands if it was triggered.
Trippier, who returned to the bench against Real Madrid on Sunday following a shoulder injury, is currently on 12 starts, with nine of those coming in the league.
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