Newcastle have moved quickly with an opening bid for top target Kieran Trippier. The 31-year-old is reportedly keen on coming to Tyneside with Atletico manager Diego Simeone resigned to losing his star right-back should the player push for the move.
Trippier is in Atletico’s matchday squad against Rayo Vallecano this afternoon. Newcastle fans will be eager to learn if the England international is named in the starting eleven for the 3:15pm kickoff.
Trippier is not the only signing Newcastle are working on, though he is the most advanced and the only reported bid so far. There was a report last night in The Mirror that Newcastle have contacted Arsenal over a loan deal for exiled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The 32-year-old is currently away on international duty but could be available after testing Mikel Arteta’s patience early last month. This link seems remote at the moment and there are questions about whether Aubameyang would be a good fit at Newcastle.
According to the latest report, Newcastle are preparing a £20m offer for the rising Championship star. He has filled the void at Ewood Park left by Adam Armstrong, who joined Southampton in the summer, by scoring an impressive 20 goals in 24 league appearances.
Brereton Diaz equaled Alan Shearer’s mark by becoming just the second Rover to score 20 goals before the turn of the year. He received the following message from the Toon legend on accomplishing that feat.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 30, 2021
Brereton Diaz qualifies for the Chilean national team through his mother and made the switch earlier this year. He had previously represented England up to the U20 level. He’s gotten off to a decent start with 3 goals in his 9 caps for Chile.
His contract runs out in the summer, though Blackburn have an option to extend him for another year. They’re desperate to tie down the budding superstar but may have to cash in on him sooner rather than later.
Callum Wilson’s calf injury has placed an increased priority on adding a striker this month. There is no shortage of targets with Torino’s Andrea Belotti, Real Madrid’s Luke Jovic, Flamengo’s Gabriel Barbosa, and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele all being linked in the past few days.
This pending offer for Brereton Diaz may be a bit premature depending on how other targets pan out. Newcastle need a proven goalscorer in top-flight football this month. While Brereton Diaz is on the rise, the jump from the Championship to the Premier League is a very difficult one to make.