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Newcastle United are reportedly close to signing Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Trippier. Former Tottenham star Trippier was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer. But now it appears St James’ Park will be his destination upon a return to the Premier League.
Trippier has made 12 La Liga appearances for Atletico so far this season, nine as a starter.
He was part of the England squad for the Euro 2020 campaign and started the final defeat to Italy at Wembley.
Reports claimed he was keen on a return to the English top flight following the conclusion of the tournament.
That led to interest from Man United as they searched for competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
But the Red Devils were put off by Atletico’s demand that Trippier’s full release clause of around £34million had to be paid for a deal to be agreed.
Trippier turned 31 in September and United were not willing to pay that much for the player.
But now he is set to get his wish of a move back to England.
TalkSPORT reporter Alex Crook tweeted on Wednesday morning: “#NUFC closing in on a deal for #ENG defender Kieran Trippier. More on @talkSPORT later.”
TalkSPORT then tweeted from their official account that Newcastle are looking to make Trippier their highest-paid player.
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