Newcastle are approaching the acquisition of Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier, according to reports.
The English national team player was an important transfer goal for Manchester United last summer.
The Red Devils were supposed to maintain their interest in Trippier wanting to return to England.
Tottenham also emerged as a potential destination for the right-back, who spent four years at the club earlier in his career.
But the Daily Telegraph writes that Newcastle stand to beat both clubs to Trippier’s signature.
The Magpies are hoping to complete a deal for the 31-year-old next week as they seek to strengthen their defensive options.
January would always be an important month for the club, which is in second place in the Premier League midway through the campaign.
Newcastle have conceded more goals than any other team in the division, and Eddie Howe wants to strengthen at fullback next month.
Manchester United and Tottenham’s interest in Trippier meant this looked like a difficult decision to pull in, but the aforementioned report says Newcastle are close to completing the transfer.
They want to unveil Trippier as soon as possible, both as a statement of intent and for him to join the team directly.
Howe has long prioritized defensive reinforcements in the winter window, but he may now also need a striker.
Callum Wilson suffered a calf injury in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Monday and will be out for several weeks.
As Joelinton has been recycled as a central midfielder, Newcastle lacks alternatives to Wilson at the top.
The Magpies’ match against Everton on Thursday has been canceled due to a Covid-19 outburst in the camp.
Newcastle are due to face Southampton on Sunday, but that match is now also threatened.
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