By Dr Dan Plumley

11th Jan, 2022 | 8:30pm

Finance guru salutes Newcastle as source reveals intriguing Trippier update tonight

Newcastle United have been “smart” to include a relegation release clause in Kieran Trippier’s contract.

So says finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the details of the latest Magpies signing’s new deal.

Newcastle announced last Friday (7 January) that the 31-year-old had joined from Atletico Madrid on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the right-back’s new deal includes a clause that will allow him to leave for a set fee in the event of relegation.

Oil-rich Newcastle may have to offer all prospective new big-name signings similar terms, claims Plumley.

You have to do this nowadays,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

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“It can be a relegation release clause or a reduction in wages in the event of relegation.

“If you’re in that battle, a relegation clause has to at least be included. I don’t see why you wouldn’t do it in the current climate.

“With the players that Newcastle want to sign, this could be a way to tempt them in the short term.

“That’s because they have a problem at the moment in that the type of players you want might not be keen on a relegation battle.

“So it’s smart to protect the wage bill, yes. But it’s also important with regards to how they do business in attracting more players as well.”

Trippier had a debut to forget as Newcastle were dumped out of the FA Cup by League One Cambridge United on Saturday (8 January).

The Magpies are also plotting a move to sign Feyenoord defender Marcos Sensei, as revealed by Football Insider today (11 January).

In other news, Georginio Wijnaldum makes up mind on re-signing for Newcastle United this month.