An update has emerged on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Kieran Trippier regarding the fee they are expected to shell out…
What’s the talk?
Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope has revealed how much the Magpies are set to pay for the Atletico Madrid defender before add-ons come into play. He tweeted: “Hearing fee for Kieran Trippier is in region of £12m”
It has also been reported elsewhere that the England international is not in training with the Spanish giants on Tuesday. He is officially out with fitness issues, although the noise suggests that a transfer back to the Premier League could be behind his absence.
Fans will be buzzing
Newcastle fans will surely be buzzing with this update from Hope as it suggests that the club will be landing a bargain for the defender. The Guardian reported that the deal is worth a fee in the region of £25m, with Hope now claiming that it is £13m cheaper than that, although add-ons could take it higher.
This means that the Magpies may be getting an excellent deal for Trippier which represents a coup in the market for his price and the quality that he could provide. He is an experienced top-level defender who could make a huge impact on the team in the second half of the campaign, as he knows what it takes to perform consistently at Premier League level.
Gareth Southgate previously heaped praise on the ex-Burnley full-back, saying: “What Kieran has, firstly, is hugely underestimated. People are still seeing the lad that was at Spurs a couple of years ago and not the defensive animal that has grown at Atlético Madrid, trusted by one of the best and most successful coaches in the world.
“He gets his distances right on cover, he’s good one-v-one to stop crosses and his talking is really good. There was always going to be changes to our back four and we felt that communication and organisation was an important part.”
Trippier has played for England at the World Cup and European Championship, whilst also playing in the Premier League and La Liga for Tottenham and Atletico during his career. This highlights his experience, whilst his career average WhoScored rating of 7.13 shows that he has performed to a high level on a consistent basis. That is why fans could love to see him join Newcastle this month, especially for just £12m.