Newcastle Transfer News: Magpies And Sunderland Battle For Burnley's Kieran Trippier

The North-East rivals are battling it out for survival - and Trippier's signature...

Newcastle United will battle recently-promoted Watford and North-East rivals Sunderland for the signature of Kieran Trippier - as all three clubs look to take advantage of already-relegated Burnley's drop down into the Championship by stealing their top talent. The 24-year-old right-back reportedly has a £3.5 million buy-out clause in his contract and, after impressing during his debut season in the Premier League, that would appear to be a bargain. Both Newcastle and Sunderland could yet be relegated along with Burnley, meaning they would be unlikely to secure Trippier's signature, but should they survive then the former Manchester City trainee will be a transfer target for both, according to Football League World.
The Magpies could lose Daryl Janmaat this summer, with the Dutchman believed to have become disillusioned with life on Tyneside, while Sunderland want to add greater attacking threat from their right-back position, something Trippier offers. Meanwhile, the Hornets finished second in the Championship this season and they are looking to add depth to their squad by signing Trippier from Burnley. Former England Under-21 international Trippier was magnificent in Burnley's promotion campaign from the Championship during the 2013-14 season and he has continued his form into the Premier League. He has played in every single one of Burnley's 37 Premier League games this season and has contributed an impressive four assists from right-back. For all the latest NUFC News, Views and Transfers make sure to follow WhatCultureNUFC on Twitter and Facebook.
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