Newcastle are hoping Kieran Trippier’s signing next week will be confirmed.
Eddie Howe is desperate for reinforcements to help the mega-rich Magpies survive the drop, with Trippier expected to be his first signing.
According to the Telegraph, the 31-year-old is said to be in an ‘advanced’ stage for the Atletico Madrid man.
However, Newcastle’s plans for January have had to change after Callum Wilson was pulled off the pitch in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
A defensive signing was deemed a priority for Howe, but Wilson’s calf injury meant a new striker was also a necessity.
It is claimed that the club is still ‘convinced’ to get several deals on the line in the window, giving the club the best possible chance of a rapid turnaround in fortunes.
Trippier previously played under Howe at Burnley and is believed to be set to return to the Premier League.
His Atletico Madrid contract reportedly has a £31million release clause, a mere drop in the sea for the mega-rich Saudi owners of Newcastle.
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Other reports suggest the Trippier is available for as little as £15m.
Should the transfer be confirmed, Newcastle would have successfully countered alleged interest from both Manchester United and former employer Tottenham.
Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly, as well as Tottenham’s Joe Rodan and Lille’s Sven Boutman, have also been linked with a move to Tyneside.
Although Newcastle eagerly awaited news of Wilson’s injury, January’s transfer plans had to be adjusted.
Should Wilson be out for several weeks as expected, Dwight Gayle is left as the only recognized striker in the team following Joelinton’s remodeling as a central midfielder.
But Gayle himself was hoping to go a step further in the new year, which means signing a striker as well.
However, the club is battling against extortion on players as teams seek to cash in on Newcastle’s money.
Demand for players’ salaries is also high, as is the demand for agent commissions, with some reluctance to join the club due to their league status.
But the Toon chiefs are confident their £300m acquisition by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund will help secure several deals on the line next month.
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