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Champions League Club 'Waiting For Newcastle' To Put In Bid For 'Outstanding' Player

Josh Lawless

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Champions League Club 'Waiting For Newcastle' To Put In Bid For 'Outstanding' Player

Atletico Madrid are reportedly waiting for Newcastle United to bid for Kieran Trippier in the January transfer window.

Having been given fresh funds following the takeover by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, Newcastle have been linked with a whole host of household names.

And England star Trippier has been identified as a priority target as the Magpies look to avoid relegation to the Championship.

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Newcastle's interest in the 31-year-old has been well documented, with the North East outfit even moving ahead of Manchester United in the race to bring him back to the Premier League.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said the club are "seriously interested" in the former Spurs and Burnley man just over a week ago.

But in an update this morning, the Italian says Atleti are anticipating an "official proposal" for Trippier, who is out of contract in 2023.

There are other names being considered for the right-back berth but Trippier, capped 35 times for England, is the primary option.

Image: PA
Image: PA

On the right side of defence Newcastle currently have Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo in their ranks, while Jacob Murphy has also filled in on occasion.

But Trippier, who has strong attacking and defensive qualities, would be an impressive addition for Eddie Howe's side.

United were looking at him in the summer following a fine Euro 2020 tournament in England's run to the final.

Atleti are said to have turned down a €14 million offer from the Red Devils.

Trippier has made 83 appearances for Atletico after joining in 2019 and was part of the side that won La Liga under Diego Simeone last season.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Newcastle are also believed to be interested in Lille centre-back Sven Botman, while former Manchester United and Watford striker Odion Ighalo has emerged as a target.

However, Howe says the club won't be splashing the cash in the first window post-takeover.

"January is notoriously a very difficult window to sign players in," he told talkSPORT.

“The group of players we have here have been my main focus and continue to be my main focus.

“Getting the best out of every single one of those players is the key to us staying up.”

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Topics: Atletico Madrid, Champions League, Newcastle United, Premier League, Kieran Trippier

Josh Lawless
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