Kieran Trippier has joined Newcastle United

Kieran Trippier has joined Newcastle United.

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier for £12 million plus additional fees.

The England defender has agreed to terms on a contract that will keep him in the league until the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

“It’s a sign that the club has a huge pull – and I’m not talking financial here,” said head coach Howe.

“Kieran hasn’t come for the financial benefits of the contract. He’s come for the club and for the challenge that the team faces at the current time, but also the longer-term vision, so I think that’s a massive thing for the football club.”

Trippier said: “If people say it’s about money, then everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, but I know my reasons why and that’s not one of them.”

It’s possible he’ll make his Newcastle debut on Saturday against Cambridge in the FA Cup third round if all of his paperwork is in order.

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