Sources: Newcastle open talks to sign Trippier - he tells friends latest on move
Newcastle are growing increasingly confident of signing Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier next month, Football Insider understands.
The right-back, 31, is a top target of the Premier League club as they look to recruit multiple new defenders in the upcoming window.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that talks are underway with Atletico Madrid over a deal for Trippier even though he is out until January with a shoulder injury.
Newcastle are optimistic of getting a deal done as Trippier is keen to return to the UK and he is not fazed by the impending relegation fight.
He has told friends he is keen to get the deal done early in the January window.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has set his sights on Trippier as he looks to bring in proven Premier League experience.
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United’s defence has been highlighted as a key area for reinforcements along with their central midfield.
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.
The England international has made 12 starts among 15 appearances this term but has not played since the first week of November due to a shoulder injury that will sideline him for two months.
Trippier joined Diego Simeone’s side in the summer of 2019 from Tottenham and has been a mainstay of the team during the subsequent period.
He is proven in the Premier League, where he has made 107 appearances in total, after spells at Spurs and Burnley.