Newcastle close in on a £12m deal for England star Kieran Trippier as he skips Atletico Madrid training to become Saudi owners’ first signing since their takeover
- Newcastle United are closing in on the £12million signing of Kieran Trippier
- The England right-back missed Atletico Madrid training on Tuesday morning
- Trippier wants to be closer to his family and is keen on working with Eddie Howe
- Newcastle will have to return with an improved offer for Lille star Sven Botman
Newcastle United are closing in on the £12million signing of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.
The England right-back missed training in Spain on Tuesday morning ahead of his return to the Premier League, a move which is expected to go through before this weekend.
Sportsmail understands the Magpies have brokered a deal in the region of £12m for Trippier, who has spent two-and-a-half years in the Spanish capital.
Newcastle United are closing in on the £12m signing of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.
Trippier wants to be closer to his family and wants to work with Newcastle boss Eddie Howe
However, it is said the 31-year-old wants to be closer to his family and is keen on working with Eddie Howe, the Newcastle boss who first signed him for Burnley nearly 10 years ago.
The anticipated arrival of Trippier will represent a positive start to the transfer window for co-owner Amanda Staveley, and the club’s hierarchy believe it will do no harm in encouraging other targets to join the club.
Trippier has been capped 35 times by England and started the final of Euro 2020 this summer.
Trippier’s signing will be a positive start to the transfer window for co-owner Amanda Staveley
Howe sees him as the type of character to build his team around and had him at the top of his transfer wish-list upon arriving on Tyneside in November.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will have to return with an offer in excess of £30m if they are to tempt Lille into selling centre-back Sven Botman.
There is a feeling the French club are holding out for more money after stating the Holland Under-21 star is not for sale following an initial round of discussions.