Newcastle United have officially announced the signing of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.
The 31-year-old becomes the first signing made by the new owners, and kicks off what is set to be an exciting January.
To land a player like Trippier is sensational. He’s an England international who has scored in a World Cup semi final and provided an assist in a European Championship final.
On top of that, he leaves Atletico Madrid where he won the title last season and was playing in the Champions League.
He has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, earning a reported £130,000-a-week according to the Telegraph. He’ll wear the number 15 shirt.
What has been said about Newcastle signing Kieran Trippier?
Following the arrival of Trippier, Howe told the club’s official website: “I am really pleased to welcome Kieran to Newcastle United. I have long admired his abilities and have followed his career, so when the opportunity arose to secure him, we didn’t hesitate.
“A lot of hard work has gone into planning for the January transfer window long before the month began, which is clear in how quickly we have been able to complete this move. I would like to thank everyone involved, particularly our owners, and I’m very much looking forward to working with Kieran again on the training pitch.”
Trippier wrote on Twitter: “I’m so happy to be joining Newcastle. Everyone knows the fans are unbelievably passionate and I will give my absolute all for them. I can’t wait to get to work. Thank you to everyone at NUFC & the fans for the very warm welcome I have received so far.”
Meanwhile, Mehrdad Ghodoussi added: “Welcome to the family Kieran. Onwards and upwards.”
Club legend Alan Shearer also had his say, writing: “Congratulations and welcome to the Toon.”
A wonderful start to the window
Getting a player of Trippier’s calibre so early on in the window is truly fantastic.
Despite all the big names being linked, it was unclear who we would be able to attract to St James’ Park.
But signing an England regular lays down a real marker, and should hopefully set the tone for the rest of the month.
He’s an exceptional player who walks straight into our starting XI, and he also gives us a set piece expert too – something we haven’t had since Yohan Cabaye was at the club.
While the FA Cup game against Cambridge United may come too early, hopefully we’ll see Trippier in action against Watford on January 15th.