By Frank McAvennie

15th Dec, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit hails 'sensational' Newcastle source reveal after 'brilliant' Trippier update

Kieran Trippier would be a “brilliant” first Newcastle signing for Eddie Howe and the club’s new owners.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “sensational” defender.

On Wednesday (15 December) Football Insider revealed Newcastle are growing increasingly confident of signing Trippier, 31, next month.

A recruitment source has told this site that talks are underway with Atletico Madrid over a deal for Trippier even though he is out until January with a shoulder injury.

He has told friends he is keen to get the deal done early in the January window.

McAvennie has fully backed the Toon’s latest transfer move.

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“He would be a brilliant signing,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I really like him. He went away from Tottenham and went abroad. That’s a brave thing for an England player.

“It’s rare you see it. He has been sensational for Atletico and there is no one at Newcastle who is close to his standard.

“I think it’s just what the club needs. Proven players who actually want to be there.

“Get that crowd behind you and you will feel invincible. Trippier knows that.

“He will have played at St James’ Park enough times to know he can be a hero there.

“One thing I would say is they need to get him in now, so he can arrive on 1 January.

“That squad is desperate for more players.”

Trippier is close to automatically renewing his contract at Atletico by a further 12 months until 2023.

His current agreement runs until the end of this season but an extension is triggered if he starts 20 matches.

In other news, Newcastle United could sign two ‘superstars’ in January amid ‘£100m’ claim.