By Paddy Kenny

13th Nov, 2021 | 10:00am

Pundit issues 'this is big' claim after Trippier news emerges at Newcastle

Kieran Trippier is a “free kick specialist” and would be a “big” signing for Newcastle United in January.

So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 31-year-old Atletico Madrid right-back.

Spanish outlet AS reported on 8 November that Trippier, who is under contract until 2023, is a target for new-money Newcastle.

Trippier moved to current La Liga champions Atletico from Tottenham in 2019 and played a starring role for England at the Euros over the summer.

Steve Bruce alternated between Javier Manquillo and Jacob Murphy at right wing-back before his dismissal in October.

New manager Eddie Howe will hope the new owners finance a January transfer spree that can bolster the club in its relegation scrap.

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And Kenny insists that Trippier’s dead-ball and crossing ability would make him a statement signing for the new regime.

“This is big for Newcastle if they can get away with it,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He has been linked with a move back to England a couple of times now. He’s been away for a couple of seasons and he’s done really well in Spain.

“Obviously, he won the title and he seems to have impressed a lot of the fans over there. It’s no surprise really because he’s a top talent.

“I really like him, always have. His crossing is top-drawer, and his free kicks are amazing too. He’s a proper specialist when it comes to those two.”

In other news, pundit slams “childish” Tottenham as Newcastle United set for January transfer block.