By Noel Whelan

8th Jan, 2022 | 1:00pm

Pundit makes 'mouthwatering' Newcastle claim as four signings tipped to follow Trippier

Noel Whelan has tipped Newcastle United to follow up Kieran Trippier’s arrival with “three or four” more new signings this month.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Magpies would be able to offer “mouthwatering” packages to prospective new recruits.

Newcastle confirmed on Friday (7 January) they had secured Trippier’s capture from Atletico Madrid.

The right-back has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal at St James’ Park.

Whelan insisted Trippier’s arrival sent a “message” of intent to potential new recruits.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think they need another three or four of those players, to be quite honest with you.

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“But it’s a start and it shows their intentions in January that they’ll do anything possible to get out of the mess that they’re in at the bottom.

“I think it will send out a message to other players there’s a package there that people might enjoy. I also think there’s the question mark over whether you want to play in the Championship.

“There’s lots of things about. The packages Newcastle can put together will be very mouthwatering and tempting.

“But at the same time, you’ve got to think about what if it doesn’t work out? What if we are in the Championship next year, do players want to play there?

“There’s a question mark over what calibre of player they can get right now. Better players in the world want to play in the Champions League. They want to be playing for European football.

“So it’s a start, it’s a message out there that their intentions are to bring in better players and put up a fight in the second half of the season.”

Newcastle currently sit 19th in the Premier League table.

Trippier has joined the Magpies after winning La Liga with Atletico last season.

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