Three PL clubs that could make summer swoop for Tottenham 26-year-old
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Kieran Trippier could be ready to pack his bags and leave Tottenham in the summer as he looks set to remain as Kyle Walker’s understudy at right-back.
Trippier, 26, has struggled to oust England international Walker from the Spurs side as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice right-back, since his move from Burnley in 2015.
With Trippier showing an abundance of quality in both attack and defence during his intermittent Spurs outings, here are three Premier League clubs that should snap him up.
The Daily Mail claimed back in January that the Hammers were keen on signing the Manchester City trainee, as the right side of defence continues to be a problem area for Slaven Bilic. The east London outfit have been forced to play Michail Antonio, Havard Nordtveit and Cheikhou Kouyate out of position at the back, as Sam Byram and Alvaro Arbeloa struggle to shake off persistent injuries this term. With Spaniard Arbeloa’s current deal set to run out in the summer, a move for Trippier would prove the perfect signing for the Hammers as they look to qualify for European football next season.
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A return to his former side could also be on the cards, as Sean Dyche will look to bolster his squad in the summer in order to avoid a relegation dog fight during the 2017-18 campaign. Matt Lowton is currently Burnely’s first-choice right-back, but the signing of Trippier would vastly improve that area of the Clarets’ side if they can persuade Tottenham’s number 16 to move back to Turf Moor. Dyche is known to allow his full-backs to get forward and that could suit Trippier, who sprung onto the scene with a number of top-class performances with the Lancashire side.
Newcastle (if promoted)
Holland international Vurnon Anita has starred at right-back for the Toon this season despite naturally being a central midfielder, but new contract talks for the former Ajax star do not seem forthcoming. His current deal ends in the summer, and he could be set to leave St. James’ Park, leaving the Toon short at right-back. With plenty of funds at Rafa Benitez’s disposal should they gain an instant return to the Premier League, Trippier would fill the void at right-back as Benitez looks to bring in top-flight quality to aid the Magpies’ chances of staying in the Premier League.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Tottenham are close to confirming an agreement with this £75,000-a-week ace.