England defender Kieran Trippier completes move to Newcastle

England defender Kieran Trippier is ready to throw himself into a battle for Premier League survival after completing his lucrative move from Atletico Madrid to Newcastle.

On Friday morning, two days after arriving at Tyneside for a medical, the 31-year-old full-back became the first signer under the club’s Saudi-backed owners.

He has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee, which is understood to be an add-on of over £12 million.

Trippier will renew his acquaintance with head coach Eddie Howe, who signed him for Burnley a decade earlier, as he attempts to help Magpie find himself out of a relegation hole.

He said: “I am delighted to join this wonderful club. I really enjoyed my time at Madrid, but only when I learned of interest from Newcastle United, and had previously worked with Eddie Howe , so I knew this was where I wanted to be.

“I know we have a lot of work ahead of us, but I know very well the demands of the Premier League and I know what an amazing club it is with a lot of talented players. I can’t wait to get started and I am excited to be making the move to St James’ Park as a Newcastle player.”

Newcastle, who entertain League One Cambridge in the FA Cup third round on Friday, sit just one spot off the foot of the table at the halfway point in their top-flight campaign, only two points from safety but with four sides. Norwich, Burnley and Watford are in danger of being drained among the group.

The consortium put together by financier Amanda Stavley to buy the club from former owner Mike Ashley in October last year has immense assets and is currently a solid recruit with Everton defender Lucas Digne, Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey. engaged in the campaign. Names to which they have been associated in recent times.

Howe knows there is still much work to be done during the January transfer window, a task that has become even more challenging with striker Callum Wilson suffering a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a calf injury. But he was happy to have achieved the first success. ,

He added: “I am really pleased to welcome Kieran to Newcastle United. I have long admired his abilities and followed his career, so when we had the opportunity to secure him, we did not hesitate .

“A lot of hard work has gone into planning the January transfer window long before the month starts, which is clear from how quickly we have been able to make this move.

“I want to thank everyone involved, especially our owners, and I look forward to working with Kieran again on the training pitch.”


Newcastle new signing Kieran Trippier has 35 England caps to his name (Michael Regan/PA)

Trippier began his career at Manchester City and, after loan spells at Barnsley and Burnley, made a permanent move to Turf Moor in January 2012 and helped the Clarets win promotion to the Premier League.

He signed for Tottenham during the summer of 2015 and won the first of his 35 England caps against France in June 2017 before moving to Spain in July 2019, and was part of the Atlético side that claimed the LaLiga title the previous season. did.

Internationally, he made his country debut in both the 2018 World Cup semi-final against Croatia and last summer’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy.