Kieran Trippier has officially become Newcastle United’s first signing under their new owners.
The 31-year-old is the first signing of new manager Eddie Howe since he took charge in November – with a fee of £12m agreed with Atletico Madrid.
Kieran Trippier signs until the end of the 2023-24 season, and the fee is £12m plus add ons. Trippier will wear the number 15 shirt.
Trippier joined La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2019 from Tottenham for £20m. The full back last worked with Eddie Howe at Burnley and has since played for England at Euro 2020, as well as making 83 appearances for Atletico, who won La Liga last season.
Kieran Trippier, who may be followed in the door by another La Liga star as Newcastle reportedly have offered a “monster contract” to Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, commented on the move.
“I’m so happy to be joining Newcastle. Everyone knows the fans are unbelievably passionate and I will give my absolute all for them. I can’t wait to get to work
Thank you to everyone at @nufc & the fans for the very warm welcome I have received so far”
I’m so happy to be joining Newcastle. Everyone knows the fans are unbelievably passionate and I will give my absolute all for them. I can’t wait to get to work 💪🏼
— Kieran Trippier (@trippier2) January 7, 2022
Newcastle United have found themselves rooted to the relegation zone this season, with an escape looking almost impossible with only one club previously avoiding the drop having had the same or less points than the Magpies currently have.
However, financial backing may permit Eddie Howe the greatest resources possible as the club look to maintain their top flight status for next year and build a new future for the club.
Dembele, meanwhile, finds himself further down the pecking order at Camp Nou as Ferran Torres has joined Barcelona from Manchester City.
Newcastle are second bottom of the Premier League, having won just one league game all season. They are next in action on Saturday, at home to Cambridge United in the FA Cup third round, before hosting fellow strugglers Watford in the league on 15 January.