Newcastle United are expected to wrap up the signing of Kieran Trippier early in January after advancing in talks with Atletico Madrid.

According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United could be close to making their first signing for the club in January, with Kieran Trippier’s transfer from Atletico Madrid expected to go through early.

Newcastle United have been working hard in the background to grind out deals for prospective new players to arrive in the January window. It is expected to be one of the biggest transfer windows in the club’s history, which has coincided with their fight for survival in the Premier League.

The Magpies are now one of the richest clubs in world football since their high profile takeover by the Saudi-backed consortium back in October. There has been a promise to make Newcastle one of the biggest teams in the world and the month of January could give a glimpse of what’s in store for the future.

However, with the threat of relegation looming over the club, some high profile targets might be wary of joining them just yet in January. Newcastle’s priority in the window would be to look for signings in defence and midfield to tighten things up at the back ahead of their fight for survival. And it seems like they might be preparing for their first arrival.

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Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier is now reportedly close to making the switch to St. James Park in the coming days. Interest in the right-back has significantly gone up from Premier League sides in the last month or so.

He was supposedly on Manchester United’s radar after seeing a few enquiries rejected out of hand by Atletico in the summer. However, with the emergence of Diogo Dalot in the position in recent weeks, that vacancy at right-back might have been temporarily filled.

Newcastle have been interested in the Englishman for a while and have reportedly made a breakthrough in talks with Atletico. The issue that paused the transfer was related to fees and agent commissions, which the Magpies are confident of dealing with.

With the arrival of Trippier almost tied up, Newcastle could look at other areas of the pitch that needs strengthening, such as centre-back and probably a forward since the injury to Callum Wilson against Manchester United.

In all, the possible signing of Trippier seems like smart business, one that will help the Magpies immensely in their relegation fight. A top-quality centre-back could also tighten their backline, which has been leaky all season.

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