Newcastle transfer strategy questioned as Kieran Tripper closes in on Premier League move

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Newcastle United’s transfer strategy has been questioned as the relegation-threatened side close in on the signing of Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier. The Magpies are second bottom of the Premier League but are hoping to boost their survival bid with the additions of a number of big money players.

Having been taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund earlier this season, Newcastle hope to use those billions to overhaul their squad.

Eddie Howe has taken charge of seven matches so far since he replaced Steve Bruce, but has won just one of those.

That form has left them second bottom of the Premier League and facing the very real prospect of relegation to the Championship.

With his current squad failing to impress, Howe is expected to bring in several stars over the coming month.

That business is set to start with the addition of right-back Trippier who is thought to be closing in on a move to St James’ Park.

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Trippier will arrive in a deal worth £12million, having helped Diego Simeone’s men to win La Liga last season.

Howe will hope that the England international can help to boost a defence that has conceded more than 40 goals in just 19 games.

But former Manchester United star Alan Brazil believes that the Magpies are targeting the wrong area of their squad to boost in the transfer market.

Instead of defence, Brazil believes that the relegation-threatened Toon should be looking to bring in a reliable goalscorer.

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“When you look at the teams down there, looking for who’s going to stay up, you’re looking for goal power,” he told talkSPORT.

Rangers legend Ally McCoist agreed with Brazil and highlighted the injury to Callum Wilson as a reason for Newcastle to change strategy.

McCoist also believes that the threat of relegation could make it hard for Newcastle to convince targets to move to St James’ Park.

“100 per cent mate, 100 per cent Alan. They need goals mate,” McCoist said.

“Callum Wilson’s out, I don’t know how Saint-Maximin is, he limped off in the draw against United, he’s struggling.

“By the way, they’re sitting second bottom on 11 points, it’s some challenge they’ve got ahead of them.

“I still say guys, I don’t know whether you agree or not, it’s all very well saying ‘go and get these players’.

“Trippier’s clearly one that’s going to go there, but are you going to go there with the distinct possibility that you’re going to play next year’s football in the Championship?”

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