Newcastle to ‘hijack’ £3m transfer as Eddie Howe seeks four January window deals

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Newcastle’s new-found riches will be utilised this month with reports suggesting Eddie Howe is closing in on three transfers this month. Kieran Trippier is most likely to be the first through the door at St James’ Park this month with some suggestions a deal could be completed by the end of the week.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone appeared to accept that Trippier will look to move on this month.

“Kieran Trippier is an extraordinary footballer who has given us a lot and we will try to keep him,” Simeone said.

“We want him to stay, he’s an important player, but nowadays, when a player wants to leave, you can’t force them to stay. You can’t retain them.”

A return to the Premier League was mooted last summer with Manchester United touted as the favourites for his signature.

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But Newcastle have moved ahead of the queue and reports indicate a bid in the region of £25million will be enough to sign the 31-year-old.

Bolstering their attacking options in the wake of Callum Wilson’s injury though is also key for Howe.

And according to the Daily Mail, Newcastle are showing strong interest in Sardar Azmoun.

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Lyon have reportedly already agreed terms with the striker, but aren’t willing to shell out £3m to sign him.

It is claimed that has opened the door for Newcastle to swoop in and make a bid of their own.

‘Fresh enquiries’ have now been made by Newcastle with the hope they can steal Azmoun away from Lyon’s clutches.

The 27-year-old found the net 19 times in just 24 league matches last season and has continued that rich vein of form this campaign by averaging roughly a goal every other game.

Newcastle are also keen to bolster their options in central defence, with the Guardian pointing out that Sven Botman and James Tarkowski are top of their wishlist.

Lille are seemingly standing strong in trying to keep Botman though with Newcastle’s £30m valuation falling short of the French side’s asking price.

Tarkowski meanwhile looks set to stay at Burnley until the end of the season despite his contract expiring in June.

The report also states that a central midfielder will be targeted, meaning Newcastle hope to sign a ‘minimum’ of four players this month.

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