Newcastle United are on the verge of securing the services of Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier.

According to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, Kieran Trippier is all set to become Newcastle United’s first signing under their new Saudi-backed ownership. They have agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid worth around £12 million plus add-ons. The player will soon travel to St. James’ Park to complete his medical.

The Englishman’s imminent arrival at the club marks a major turnaround for Newcastle United. Presently dawdling in the relegation zone with just 11 points on the board, the club from Tyneside are expected to splash the cash in this January transfer window in an attempt to survive in the Premier League.

With over 100 appearances in the Premier League and 35 caps for the English national team, Trippier is one of the most sought-after full-backs in the market. His experience in English football, coupled with his offensive prowess, had made him a target for reigning European champions Chelsea, among many other top clubs across Europe.

But the Atleti star is set to join Newcastle, most likely as a direct upgrade over Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth, with the transfer now being confirmed by journalist Fabrizio Romano. The Magpies are working on a solution to upgrade the left-back position as well, with Lucas Digne reportedly emerging as a potential target for coach Eddie Howe.

In an attempt to replace the former Tottenham right-back, Simeone has already set his sights on Cesar Azpilicueta. Atleti are prepared to rival FC Barcelona in the pursuit of the Chelsea defender, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Trippier’s imminent move to Newcastle United could lead to a transfer carousel as various clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United, look to sign a right-back in this winter market.

The 31-year-old was a key part of the Atletico Madrid side that won the La Liga title last season, while he also played an integral role in England’s run to the final of the UEFA Euro 2020 last year. His experience and proven pedigree in the Premier League should come in handy for Newcastle as they look to make a push for safety in the second half of the season.

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