Newcastle confirm the signing of Kieran Trippier

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Newcastle have completed the £ 15m signing of Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.

The 31-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year contract at St James’ Park, with the possibility of another year, and is the first signing since the club’s Saudi-backed takeover in October.

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Trippier, who won La Liga last season and played a key role in England reaching the final of the European Championship 2020, told the club’s official website after Newcastle confirmed their arrival: “I’m delighted to be joining this fantastic club. I’m really enjoyed of my time in Madrid, but when I became aware of the interest from Newcastle United, and having worked with Eddie Howe before, I knew this was where I wanted to be.

“I am aware that there is a lot of work ahead of us but I know the requirements from the Premier League and I know what a fantastic club this is with very talented players. I can not wait to get started and I am excited to step out at St. James’ Park as a Newcastle player. “

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe added: “I’m really happy to welcome Kieran to Newcastle United. I’ve long admired his abilities and followed his career, so when the opportunity arose to secure him we did not hesitate.

“A lot of hard work has gone into planning for the transfer window in January long before the month began, which is clear in how quickly we have been able to complete this move. I would like to thank everyone involved, especially our owners, and I I look forward to to work with Kieran again on the training ground. “

90min understands that Trippier’s contract will make him the highest paid player in Newcastle’s history, and will represent a 50% increase in the £ 80,000 a week salary he has taken home from Atletico over the past two and a half years. .

There will also be no release clause in the former Manchester City trainee’s contract, which means he will remain in the North East even if Newcastle are relegated at the end of the season.

That fate is a very real possibility as it looks, with the Magpies currently in 19th place in the Premier League table. They have only won one of their first 19 matches this season, although surprisingly they are only two points from safety despite the dismal record.

To address his problems, 90min have learned that a midfielder, two midfielders and at least one additional forward make up the rest of Newcastle’s wish list for January, with a significant transfer budget available to help Eddie Howe bring in the players he feels he needs. to keep the club up.

As for Trippier, he reunites with Howe a decade after the former Bournemouth coach took him to Burnley, where he continued to establish himself as a regular first-team player before joining Tottenham in 2015.

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