The winter transfer market has rolled on, several clubs have made moves to get their coveted players. One of them is the club in the English premier league Newcastle United which is currently in a critical position in the league standings. The Magpies, who are in the relegation zone, need to move quickly, at least they have to try not to be thrown into the EFL Championship.
So far it has been reported that Newcastle United have almost completed signing for Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid. The Magpies management hope the England international will be the first of a number of new players they are trying to bring in this season’s transfer window.
Newcastle’s recruitment team have been working hard on this deal in recent weeks, previously Newcastle’s recruitment team felt moved to make an immediate opening offer over the weekend after receiving positive signals from Trippier’s camp. The England right-back is understood to have missed training with Atletico on Tuesday morning, a sign that a transfer is expected before this weekend.
It’s not clear what the exact cost will be, but it will be a real endeavor for Newcastle as the Magpies are looking to add a new dimension to their team with Trippier’s crossing ability and set-piece execution. However, it is estimated that Trippier’s transfer value ranges from 12-25 million.
Trippier, who has spent two and a half years with the Spanish capital club, will leave Atletico Madrid with a heavy heart. But, perhaps feeling that he has achieved what he wanted to do with Los Rojiblancos, the 31-year-old looks ‘excited’ to become the first signing of the Magpies’ new era and reunite with his former Burnley manager Eddie Howe.
While Diego Simeone does not want to lose Trippier, who has become his strong favourite, the Atletico boss also understands the player’s desire to return to England and it is clear Simeone will not stand in his way. Trippier’s choice to join Newcastle was quite realistic, joining the sultan’s club of course has a high salary offer, moreover there is the opportunity to bring his family back to Northern England, the England right-back also wants to be part of Newcastle’s ambition to one day be able to compete again in the top flight of the English Premier League.
Trippier’s arrival to St James’ Park is expected to be a serious signal for Newcastle to build a team, not only out of the relegation zone but also to bring the Magpies to the top flight as one of the elite clubs not only in England but even at European level. Trippier, who has made 35 appearances for England and started in the final of Euro 2020 last summer. A key target for coach Eddie Howe who saw him as the type of character to build his team and placed him at the top of his transfer wish list after Howe arrived on Tyneside in November.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that Newcastle’s recruitment team is struggling with an offer of more than 30 million to tempt Lille into being willing to let their young Dutch centre-back Sven Botman go. But Newcastle United seems to have to bite the finger because Botman refuses to move closer to St James’ Park Stadium. Botman is reportedly more interested in joining AC Milan.
Newcastle’s other targets, following the injury to their striker Callum Wilson, has increased speculation that Newcastle United will target a new striker in the January transfer window. Gabriel Barbosa is a player who has been monitored by the Magpies over the last few seasons, and the Brazil international currently at Flamengo is reportedly interested in the prospect of a mid-season move.
Another forward linked in the Newcastle transfer issue is Chile international Ben Brereton Diaz, who has enjoyed a stunning season to date with Blackburn Rovers playing in the EFL Championship, Brereton having scored 20 goals in just 25 appearances for Blackburn Rovers.
The Sunday Mirror claim the Magpies made a 20 million bid for the Chile striker, although Blackburn coach Tony Mowbray has ruled out selling the 22-year-old in the January transfer window. One other player who has been linked with Newcastle is the former Magpies midfielder before moving to Liverpool, Georginio Wijnaldum. Wijnaldum has not been particularly comfortable at Paris Saint-Germain just months after leaving Liverpool at the end of his contract.
The Netherlands international enjoyed an impressive season at St James’ Park in 2015/16, Gini Wijnaldum appearing in 38 games with 11 goals, some reports claim the new owners are considering the possibility to recruit the 31-year-old player. Newcastle’s recruitment team will have to work harder if they are to land a player the coach is eyeing, Newcastle’s critical position in the standings could discourage any targeted player from joining.