Newcastle now ‘in talks’ with £22m defender Eddie Howe signed in 2012 – Guillem Balague

According to the BBC’s Guillem Balague, Newcastle are in talks to bring Kieran Trippier back to England.

The England international completed a £22m move from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid two years ago, but was actually given his big chance in English football by guess who? Eddie Howe.

Howe brought him to Burnley during the 2011/12 season and the defender hasn’t looked back since, racking up 35 caps for his country and featuring regularly in the Champions League.

Now, Balague – who was on the ball during our pursuit of Unai Emery this week – claims that we are ‘really interested’ in signing the 31-year-old and have already ‘started negotiations’ with his people ahead of the January transfer window.

Here’s what he had to say during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live:

“I hear from Atletico Madrid that Newcastle are really interested in getting Trippier and they have started negotiations with his people.

“I am not sure if they will get him or not.”

With Howe set to become the new manager of Newcastle United today, it’s certainly an intriguing link – especially when we are crying out for some quality and experience at the back.

Here’s what the 43-year-old had to say about Trippier soon after signing him way back in 2012:

“He has been a really huge part of our team, how we have played this year,”

“He has just got better and better and I can’t speak highly enough of him as a person and as a footballer.

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