Newcastle are reportedly closing on the Kieran Trippier deal amid claims his signing has been agreed for far less than the Magpies were expecting.
The relegation-haunted Magpies have cash to spend this month thanks to the Saudi-Arabian led takeover. With money seemingly no object, all eyes will be on Eddie Howe’s side over the next month as they look to add to their squad. And it seems a deal for Trippier is close to getting over the line.
Trippier has long been linked with a winter switch to St James’ Park. Indeed, the move has gathered pace in recent days with Diego Simeone clearing the way for the player to leave Atletico Madrid.
And with Trippier saying his farewells to the Wanda Metropolitano crowd on Sunday, the switch is now reportedly close.
Indeed, as per both the Daily Mail and 90min, Newcastle are likely to pay Atletico a fee in the region of £15m. That is likely to include a downpayment of £12m, with the rest made up in clauses. Indeed, that is likely to trigger in the summer should Newcastle avoid relegation.
The fee is some distance short of the £25m Atletico were seeking over the summer when Manchester United came calling.
Trippier, meanwhile, is likely to be in the money once the deal is finalised. He is understood to have agreed a three-and-a-half year deal on Tyneside, making him the club’s top earner.
Newcastle making Trippier first of four January signings
The Trippier transfer is all but confirmed at this point.
The England full-back could prove the first arrival of three to four deals this month. It is understood that PIF, Newcastle’s owners, are providing significant funds to strengthen Howe’s squad in an effort to escape relegation.
Botman signing would be Newcastle ‘statement’
Meanwhile, pundit Paddy Kenny has been speaking about the Magpies’ hunt for Lille star Sven Botman.
They want to land the impressive centre-back in a £30m deal. He would undoubtedly aid their defensive woes.
During an interview with Football Insider, Kenny said: “Look, it would be a huge statement. This is a guy who is a regular in a side that is in the Champions League knockout stages.
“If he was to sign for a team facing relegation, yeah, that would be a massive boost.
“For me, I think it would open the floodgates for more players. Once they get a couple in, others might want to come.”
However, Newcastle may find a stumbling block in their path. According to The Telegraph, Lille have told Newcastle there is little chance of a January sale.