Newcastle confirm Kieran Trippier as first signing by their new mega-rich owners (photos)
Newcastle United have made their first signing under their mega-rich owners, with England star joining in a £12million two-and-a-half-year deal from Atletico Madrid.
The Magpies are set for a busy January transfer window with new boss Eddie Howe after the club’s new owners – led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund gave Howe their backing this window.
The England international revealed his delight at joining the Tyneside club following his switch.
Trippier told the club’s official website: ‘I’m delighted to be joining this fantastic club. I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I became aware of interest from Newcastle United, and having worked with Eddie Howe before, I knew this was where I wanted to be.
‘I’m aware there is a lot of work ahead of us but I know the demands of Premier League well and I know what an amazing club this is with very talented players.
‘I can’t wait to get started and I’m excited to step out at St. James’ Park as a Newcastle player.’
Howe added: ‘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.’