Newcastle are planning a January transfer for Kieran Trippier, which will make him the club’s highest-paid player.
Newcastle United are expected to intensify their pursuit of Kieran Trippier in the January transfer window, with a lucrative offer on the table for the player.
The England international’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Newcastle is hoping to persuade Atletico Madrid to sign a new deal next month in order to recoup some money.
Trippier, 31, will become the highest-paid player at St James’ Park if he chooses to move from Madrid to Newcastle, according to TalkSport.
Allan Saint-Maximin is thought to be the club’s highest-paid player, earning around £90,000 per week.
For £20 million, the former Burnley and Tottenham defender moved to LaLiga from Spurs.
Trippier has since established himself as a key member of Diego Simeone’s squad, assisting on the Spanish title last season.
The 31-year-old England international is high on Eddie Howe’s wish list, according to Sportsmail, as the Newcastle manager sees the full back as someone who can lead by example and lift those around him.
As a relegation battle looms, Howe knows he’ll need leaders, and he’s hoping they can persuade Trippier to forego a Champions League campaign in favor of a Premier League relegation dogfight.
Despite the fact that Trippier is out until January with a shoulder injury, talks have been ongoing since November.
The defender has six months left on his contract, which pays around £130,000 per week, but it is understood that if he starts 20 games, he will earn a year’s extension.
Trippier is open to returning to England, but the price remains unknown, with Atletico pushing for more than £25 million last summer amid Manchester United’s interest.
Newcastle are also interested in Lille centre-back Sven Botman, but are unsure if he will commit to joining them in January due to interest from other clubs in less precarious league positions.
The Magpies are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, level on ten points with Norwich, who have won just one game all season.