Newcastle are being 'held to ransom' after 'massive' Trippier update - pundit
Newcastle have been “held to ransom” in a deal for Kieran Trippier as they “can’t afford” to wait until the summer window, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 31-year-old will give the Magpies “experience and quality” over a period of “three to four years”.
According to the Express (3 January), Newcastle and Atletico Madrid are on the verge of agreeing a deal in the region of £25million for England international Trippier.
The report claims the Magpies are applying the finishing touches to a deal that could be completed this week.
Trippier has just 18 months left to run on his Atleti contract.
Whelan suggested his price tag shows how “desperate” relegation-threatened Newcastle are to make quality additions this month.
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“It’s the price of doing business in January,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“It just shows how desperate Newcastle are for experience and quality, that they’re willing to pay that much for a player coming out of contract very soon.
“Newcastle are being held to ransom a little bit by their league position.
“Sometimes you’ve got to take that hit financially in order to get that top-class player through the door. They need him now; they can’t afford to wait.
“He’s 31 years of age, yes, but he’s probably still also one of the best full-backs in England and the Premier League.
“He’ll be a massive help defensively, his experience, and also his delivery from set-pieces – he’s not a risk, he’ll give them three to four good years of service.“
Newcastle remain 19th in the Premier League.
Trippier has assisted once in 18 games for Atletico Madrid this season.