Newcastle United have completed the signing of right-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid for a fee of £12million, plus add-ons.
The 31-year-old has signed a contract at St James’ Park until June 2024 and is the first signing under the new Saudi regime.
Atletico wanted the player to stay, but the full-back made it clear he wanted to return to England. Trippier played under Howe in his time at Turf Moor and has the Premier League experience required to help steer Newcastle to safety.
After an impressive loan spell at Burnley, Howe made the move permanent and signed Trippier from Manchester City. He featured 145 times for Burnley between 2012-2015 before making the move to Spurs where he played on 69 occasions.
The ex-Spurs man was an integral part in England reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and scored that memorable free-kick to give England the lead against Croatia.
Trippier played a key role in last years title-winning season at Atleti and improved his defensive game under Simeone. The Atletico manager even changed his formation to best-fit the Englishman’s game.
The Magpies are expected to bring in another three or four reinforcements during the January transfer window and need to improve defensively in the second half of the season. Howe’s side currently sit 19th in the Premier League, with the joint-worst defensive record having shipped 42 goals in the opening 19 games.
This signing could be the catalyst for a number of players to be interested in a move to Tyneside and is expected to be the first of many under the new Saudi Arabian ownership.
WHAT WILL TRIPPIER BRING TO NEWCASTLE?
Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol told the Transfer Show:
“It’s fantastic news for Newcastle fans.
“I think other players that have been contacted by Newcastle will now be looking at Kieran Trippier and thinking, ‘Well, he’s an England international, he is going to make that squad much stronger, he’s improved their chances of staying up. Maybe I should be looking at that as well. If he’s up for it, maybe I should be up for it as well’.”
“It will be difficult for Newcastle to sign other players, but I think they definitely will, especially from what Keith Downie and Pete Graves are telling us. They’re in the market for other players, I think they will be trying to do loan deals as well, but it’s a fantastic start to the window for Newcastle.
“It’s also really significant that they’ve done this early in the window, because we know they’ve got some big, big games coming up and Kieran Trippier is 100 per cent fit, and it looks like he is 100 per cent committed and up for the challenge.”
The Magpies set an unwelcome record in 2021, conceding 80 goals in a calendar year, the most ever by a Premier League side and therefore must improve in defensive areas if they are to survive relegation this season.
The leakiness of the defence and lack of know-how at the back has led to Newcastle dropping the most points from losing positions in the Premier League. Although Howe has been unable to steady the ship at the back since his arrival, he will be confident that Trippier can add some much-needed experience and reliability to the defence.
Trippier has become one of the leading right-backs in the European game – he helped Spurs to a Champions League final before moving to Madrid, where he won the La Liga last year at Atletico.
His reliability and creativity at set-pieces will be a huge bonus for the Magpies and is the reason that he became a favourite for England manager Gareth Southgate, whom Trippier thrived under at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The signing of the 31-year-old is set to be the first of a number during the January transfer window and Newcastle will need to strengthen in other areas if they are to retain their Premier League status come the end of the season.
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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.
Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.
Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.
EXCL: Everton have submitted a bid to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea. It’s £40m proposal plus £5m add ons. 🚨🔵 #EFC
Chelsea will make a decision soon as there are also other clubs interested in Gallagher — and player has to decide his future too. pic.twitter.com/xZeuGqaR01
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche.
But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.
🚨| Conor Gallagher is not interested in a move to Everton 🔵 pic.twitter.com/0CYzXjBoBd
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 30, 2023
This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.
This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.
Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.
Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.
Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.
In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.
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Transfer News: Newcastle Sign Everton Winger Anthony Gordon In 45m Deal
Newcastle United have agreed to sign Everton winger Anthony Gordon for an initial fee of £40,000,000, which could rise to £45,000,000 with add-ons
The Magpies’ were interested in bringing Gordon to St James’ Park in the summer. However, both clubs were far apart on valuations for the player.
The 21-year-old has failed to attend training at Finch Farm for the last three days after making it clear he wants to move away from Goodison Park.
Anthony Gordon – All Professional Goals pic.twitter.com/BST7Zqhynj
— RZ (@rxlfpacked) August 24, 2022
Chelsea were interested in bringing Gordon to Stamford Bridge in the summer and were willing to pay up to £60,000,000 for the wide-man’s services. However, Everton were reluctant to let their talisman leave before the start of the 2022/2023 Premier League season.
Gordon has scored just 3 goals in 16 Premier League appearances (12 starts) this season for the struggling Toffees, who currently sit second bottom of the table.
That said, the former Preston North End loanee had his best campaign last season, playing a major part in Everton’s Premier League survival.
The Everton academy graduate had 6 goal involvements in 35 Premier League games (25 starts) last season, which was the first season he had a consistent run of games.
Newcastle have reached an agreement to sign Anthony Gordon, here we go! Deal in place on £40m fee, Everton accepted the proposal 🚨⚪️⚫️ #NUFC
Personal terms also agreed on long term deal.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 27, 2023
It’s clear that Gordon has a significant amount of potential, and with Eddie Howe at the helm, Newcastle could be getting a very exciting player.
We have seen an unbelievable transformation in many players’ performances since Eddie Howe took charge in November 2021, with the most obvious transformation being Joelinton’s positional change.
The Liverpool-born winger can play in several forward positions, which is the type of player Eddie Howe has been keen to add during the January window, especially after Chris Wood’s loan departure to Nottingham Forest.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 24, 2022
Joelinton is currently being deployed as a left-winger, with Allan Saint-Maximin in the process of regaining match fitness.
The addition of Gordon could see Joelinton be moved back to his preferred position as a box-to-box midfielder. This would see one of Sean Longstaff or Joe Willock drop out of the eleven, with Bruno Guimarães making that number 6 role untouchable.
Four days remain of the January transfer window, and it is yet to be seen if Anthony Gordon is the only player The Toon are adding to their ranks.
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