Newcastle 'have submitted an official offer for Kieran Trippier'... with Eddie Howe hoping to make Atletico Madrid defender his marquee signing this month
- Kieran Trippier has emerged as Newcastle's top transfer target this month
- The Atletico Madrid star is keen to swap LaLiga for a Premier League return
- Talks over the 31-year-old England full-back have been going since November
- Newcastle could be Trippier's third Premier League side after Spurs and Burnley
Trippier is one of Magpies manager Eddie Howe's top targets this month in the club's bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
Sportsmail revealed last month the England international is prepared to swap LaLiga for a return to the Premier League, with talks over a deal for Trippier have been ongoing since November.
Newcastle have reportedly made an official offer to Atletico Madrid to sign full-back Kieran Trippier
Defender Trippier, 31, is one of Magpies manager Eddie Howe's top targets this month
But now Sky Sports are reporting the prospective deal has moved to the next stage in the form of an official bid from the Magpies to the Spanish champions, who could lose the 31-year-old on a free in the summer.
A move to St James' Park would represent a third Premier League club for Trippier in his career, having previously played for Tottenham and Burnley, where he worked with Howe.
Sportsmail understands if Newcastle can agree a fee with Atletico, Trippier would be in line to become their top earner on around £150,000-per-week.
Former Tottenham full-back Trippier has been keen on a return to England for some time though Atletico's £25m valuation was a stumbling block in the summer amid interest from Manchester United.
Newcastle could be Trippier's third Premier League side after Tottenham and Burnley
Sources close to Atletico believe Trippier's asking price could end up being less than half what they wanted in the summer with his £130,000-per-week contract at the Spanish champions heading into the final six months.
Trippier's current deal includes a one-year option if he starts 20 games this season, which would impact Atletico's demands if it was triggered.
The former Spurs defender - who won LaLiga last season and started England's Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy in July last year - has made 15 appearances this season and 83 overall for Diego Simeone's men, having moved to Spain in 2019.
Newcastle also have a pressing need for a striker following Callum Wilson's injury
Newcastle also have a pressing need for a striker, after the relegation-threatened side were dealt a crushing blow following a recent calf injury picked up by forward Callum Wilson.
The Magpies are also being heavily linked with Tottenham's Joe Rodon, who has fallen down the pecking order in north London.
Rodon has failed to break into the side since making the switch from Swansea City, and is said to be keen to push through a loan move in order to gain regular first team football again.
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