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Newcastle plan winter move for Trippier

A club who will be watched particularly closely in January is Newcastle United, following their recent takeover that makes them the richest football club in the world.

Already the Magpies have been linked to a host of names, though one rumour that seemingly won’t go away is that of Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, who the club is linked with once again.

It is also understood that Manchester United are admirers of the 31-year-old who won the La Liga title last season in Spain.

This could well be regarded as somewhat of a luxury for the Red Devils though, who recently spent in excess of £40 million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace in this position. However, it could be that United see Trippier playing on the right side of a back three, if the new manager adopts this approach l.

Newcastle plan winter move for Trippier

 

Substantial upgrade

Currently, Newcastle’s main right-back is the Spaniard Javier Manquillo, while Matt Ritchie can also do a job there.

However, if they can tempt Trippier, who is reportedly valued at £30 million, this would represent a significant coup for the club and may also help to set into motion a number of other high profile transfers for the club.

It is potentially a tough decision for Trippier, who will no doubt be offered a lucrative contract in addition to an excessive signing bonus. However, Atleti are currently playing in the Champions League and the opportunity to try and help the team win the competition, in addition to retaining a wide open La Liga might well keep the player in Spain.

For the Magpies, he will add a substantial amount of quality to their squad and be one of the first names on the team sheet, depending on other arrivals in the northeast.

 

Any other January business for Newcastle?

What is interesting is how much control new manager Eddie Howe will have over transfer policy, with the club understood to be keen on bringing in a head of recruitment.

It hasn’t stopped them being linked with other big names though – 32-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfield powerhouse, Axel Witsel reportedly one name that has been under consideration.

Fellow Belgian Divock Origi was also said to be being tracked, however his manager Jurgen Klopp has recently stated that the striker will not be allowed to leave Liverpool.

 

Major strengthening needed

With the club firmly embedded in the relegation zone, they are strong candidates to go down this season, which makes the January transfer window crucial.

Any new signings will know that they will be responsible for steering the club to safety which makes it imperative for Howe to identify the right signings.

A case could be made for an entirely new starting lineup, though wholesale changes are unlikely.