Newcastle confirm £12m capture of Kieran Trippier as huge January splash out starts

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Kieran Trippier was announced as Newcastle United’s first signing of their new money-laden takeover era on Friday morning, with the defender moving from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for a fee of around £12million. And with many more players set to join the project he has found himself being part of, the Bury-born right-back has called the move “very exciting.”

Trippier, 30, joins Newcastle from the Spanish capital after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus from English football when he left Tottenham in the summer of 2019.

Having rose through the Manchester City academy, Trippier made his name at Burnley where he earned a name as one of England’s best young right-backs at Turf Moor.

With his side relegated, he moved to Tottenham, where he was the eventual replacement for City-bound Kyle Walker, making 114 appearances for the Lilywhites.

Yet defeat in the 2019 Champions League final – incidentally at the home of his future employers Atletico Madrid – saw him move abroad for a new challenge, where he won a league title under Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano.

And with the new Newcastle era set to blossom in terms of signings, Trippier has reminded fans that having pushed himself by moving to Atletico, he is more than capable of taking on yet another new challenge at St. James’ Park.

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“If you look at the fanbase, look at the club, you know it’s a huge club,” Trippier said in his announcement video.

“The project that’s happening now is very exciting.

“It’s a good opportunity for me, I love challenges. 

“I tested myself in Spain and now I’m testing myself in Newcastle.

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“I want to win, whether it’s in training or games I always want to win. I don’t like losing.

“The people that know me, the players I have played with and the managers that have coached me know I fight for everything.

“I’ll be fighting for Newcastle now, I know the position that they’re in, but I want to help the team on and off the pitch with my experience to climb up the table.”

Trippier signs for Eddie Howe’s men on a two-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him at the club until June 2024.

He has taken the number 15 shirt, donned previously by iconic midfielder Nolberto Solano.

More signings are set to follow Trippier through the door at Newcastle, with players such as James Tarkowski, Jesse Lingard and more being linked.

The Magpies currently sit 19th in the Premier League, with just one win all season meaning they are firmly in the relegation zone.

They have a chance to rectify that on January 15 in a home tie against fellow strugglers Watford.

And if they win, they will leapfrog the Hornets and move out of the relegation zone.

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