Diego Simeone provides update on ‘extraordinary’ Kieran Trippier’s Newcastle transfer

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has provided an update on the progress of ‘extraordinary’ Kieran Tripper’s transfer to Newcastle. The Magpies reportedly submitted a bid for the right-back on New Year’s Day as boss Eddie Howe looks to use the transfer market to rescue his side from relegation.

Newcastle have won just one game in the Premier League all season and currently sit second bottom of the table.

But they were taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in October to become the club with the richest owners in the Premier League.

And with their project in danger of suffering the early setback of relegation to the Championship, the Magpies are likely to splash the cash in the January transfer window.

Striker will be a priority after the injuries to Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin, but the other end of the pitch is also in dire need of reinforcements.

Newcastle have the joint-worst defensive record in the top-flight alongside Norwich, with both club’s conceding 42 goals in just 19 games this term.

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In an attempt to correct that, Howe appears to have singled out Trippier as his top target for the winter window.

According to Sky Sports, Newcastle have already submitted a formal bid for the Atletico star, just two days into the window.

Talks between the La Liga side and the Magpies are said to be ‘ongoing’, though a fee is yet to be agreed.

This is the second time in as many transfer windows that Trippier has been linked with an exit from the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Atletico were able to hold onto him in the summer when Manchester United became interested in the England international.

And Simeone is just as keen to keep the ‘extraordinary’ 31-year-old, who helped Atleti win the La Liga title last season.

“We want him to stay, but you can’t force anyone to stay. An extraordinary player,” Simeone said following his side’s win over Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

“He is an extraordinary footballer that has given us a lot. But as I have said, it depends on him. We hope that Trippier can stay but I don’t know if you can’t hold anyone back in life.”

Trippier has made 17 appearances for Atletico in all competitions this season, in what has been a disappointing campaign for Simeone’s men.

They climbed back into the top four with a win over Vallecano on Sunday, with Trippier playing all 90 minutes from right-back.

Howe is well-known to the England star, having signed him for Burnley in January 2012 during the duo’s spell at Turf Moor.

And the Newcastle boss is now hoping that Trippier can be the start of his revolution at St James’ Park.

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