Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has obvious January target who is ‘very keen’ on move

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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is believed to be eyeing a move for Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier. And according to reports, the England international is seeking a return to the Premier League, making a January move a possibility.

Earlier this week it was reported that new Toon manager Howe was keeping a close eye on Trippier as his first target.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claimed that talks had been opened with the player’s representatives.

He said on BBC Radio 5Live: “I hear from Atletico Madrid that Newcastle are really interested in getting Trippier and they have started negotiations with his people. I am not sure if they will get him or not.”

Newcastle’s hopes of landing Trippier appear to have been given a further boost though.

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According to The Telegraph, the 31-year-old is “very keen” to return to England, having also been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United.

The Red Devils were thought to be looking at the former Tottenham man as a back-up to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

But they, and any other interested parties, were put off by Atletico’s £30million asking price.

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It is still understood that a move for Trippier would come at a cost, but he would be a significant upgrade on the current options at the club.

Howe signed Trippier while at Burnley on loan from Manchester City back in 2011, before he became a permanent transfer a year later.

Trippier’s England team-mate Jesse Lingard is believed to be of interest to the Newcastle hierarchy while James Tarkowski is another player reportedly on their transfer shortlist.

A whole host of other names have also been linked with moves to St James’ Park in recent weeks including the likes of Mauro Icardi, Florian Wirtz, Anthony Martial, Wesley Fofana and Ousmane Dembele.

Trippier recently declared his interest in taking up management once his playing days are done, hinting that he’d be open to finishing his playing career at former club Burnley under Sean Dyche.

“I’ve learned a lot from all of them and this is something that I definitely want to do,” Trippier told The Daily Mail.

“Who knows, maybe further down the line I would like to be a manager. Who knows at the end of my career, I could play for Dyche again and get a coaching role with him.”

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