Newcastle United have turned down a £12.8m bid from Bayern Munich to sign Kieran Trippier on a permanent basis, according to reports. The Magpies skipper is said to be a priority target for Bayern this month, with Thomas Tuchel eager to bring the 33-year-old to the Allianz Arena.
Speculation over Trippier’s future has gathered pace over the last few days, with Bayern stepping up their pursuit of his signature ahead of next week’s transfer deadline. The German champions have seen a new bid worth around £12.8million knocked back by Newcastle after failing with two earlier proposals, according to the Daily Mail.
It is said that Bayern submitted a third offer on Tuesday, with an initial loan proposal being turned down before a ‘lowball’ permanent package was rejected out of hand over the weekend. However, their latest proposal was not enough to tempt Newcastle into selling and they are thought to be determined to keep hold of Trippier, given their lack of time left to land a suitable replacement.
The report adds that Newcastle are standing firm in their stance that Trippier will not be leaving the club before the January transfer window slams shut. The player himself is said to be open to the idea of joining Bayern, but he will not agitate to go and remains happy playing under Eddie Howe as things stand.
Trippier is believed to have a strong relationship with Newcastle’s owners and has reportedly told them that he will respect their desire for him to stay at St James’ Park. Howe is also keen to avoid losing one of his most important assets in the midst of Newcastle’s injury crisis, with a total of nine players currently unavailable for selection.
As a result, the defender is likely to remain on Newcastle’s books until at least the end of the season, at which point he will have one year left on his existing contract. However, only time will tell if Bayern decide to test Newcastle’s resolve with a fourth bid before the January window shuts next Thursday.
The Tyneside club have been widely tipped to sell players before the end of this month in order to ensure they avoid breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules. That said, it seems clear that Trippier will be going nowhere if Newcastle continue to hold firm and turn down any follow-up bids from Bayern.
Miguel Almiron is widely believed to be on his way to Saudi Arabia over the coming days, with reports claiming that Al-Shabab are intensifying their pursuit of the Magpies winger. Callum Wilson has also been linked with a fundraising sale and is thought to have emerged as a shock target for the likes of Atletico Madrid and AC Milan.
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