Newcastle United have officially completed their first signing of the January transfer window, with Kieran Trippier arriving in a £12 million deal.

Newcastle United have made an official statement to confirm that they have secured the services of Kieran Trippier on a two-and-a-half-year contract, becoming the club’s first signing of the January transfer window. The Magpies have paid £12 million to Atletico Madrid to make the 31-year-old their maiden acquisition under the new ownership.

Kieran Trippier joined Atletico Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in July 2019 and has enjoyed a two-and-a-half-year stint with the Colchoneros since then. In this period, the English international established himself as one of the best full-backs in La Liga while becoming a pivotal figure for Los Rojiblancos.

The 31-year-old made 86 appearances for Atletico Madrid, chipping in with 11 assists along the way. Trippier was also a crucial member of the squad that won the La Liga title in the 2020/21 season. But his time at Atletico Madrid has ended this month, with the experienced defender joining Newcastle United.

Trippier had been heavily linked with Newcastle United for weeks, and earlier this week, it was revealed that the Magpies had reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to sign him. The transfer has now been officially completed, and upon his unveiling as a new Newcastle player, the English international expressed his delight at returning to England.

“I’m delighted to be joining this fantastic club. I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I became aware of interest from Newcastle United, and having worked with Eddie Howe before, I knew this was where I wanted to be.”

“I’m aware there is a lot of work ahead of us but I know the demands of Premier League well and I know what an amazing club this is with very talented players. I can’t wait to get started and I’m excited to step out at St. James’ Park as a Newcastle player.”

According to BBC, Newcastle United will be paying £12 million to Atletico Madrid upon the formal completion of the deal. The transfer comes as a huge boost for the Magpies in their fight to stave off relegation, with Trippier being a major upgrade over right-back incumbents Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth.

With the completion of the £12 million deal, Trippier has become the first January signing for Newcastle United and their maiden acquisition under the new ownership. Now reunited with Eddie Howe, Trippier will aim to help Newcastle embark on an upward trajectory.

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