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JANUARY WINDOW: Kieran Trippier completes Newcastle move, Coutinho on loan to Aston Villa

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Kieran Trippier has completed a transfer to Newcastle United from Atletico Madrid for a reported fee of close to £12m. Trippier will be the 1st signing of the Mohammed Bin Salman era in a bid to return Newcastle to the upper echelons of English Football.

The Saudi Arabian consortium headed by Bin Salman took over Newcastle in a £300m deal from Mike Ashley. Newcastle are currently in a relegation scrap in the Premier League with just a single win and languishing in 19th place.

Magpies manager Eddie Howe has already worked with the right-back during their time at Burnely where the 31-year old was on loan from Manchester City. Trippier denied claims that the move was for financial reasons saying people are entitled to their opinion.

"People say it's about money? They're entitled to their opinion," the defender said.

"My family are most important. I wanted a project and a challenge. I'm brave, I don't see this as a risk. I've got my reasons, I know them, and money isn't one of them. I'm excited."

Eddie Howe added: "I am really pleased to welcome Kieran to Newcastle United. I have long admired his abilities and have followed his career, so when the opportunity arose to secure him, we didn't hesitate.

"A lot of hard work has gone into planning for the January transfer window long before the month began, which is clear in how quickly we have been able to complete this move."

Atletico Madrid are in the market for a right-back after Tripper's move and are targeting Azpilicuetta of Chelsea, Cedric Soares of Arsenal and Daniel Wass of Valencia.

Coutinho on loan to Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa

Barcelona midfielder Phillipe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa until the end of the season on a loan deal. Aston Villa also has an option to buy him permanently at the end of the season for a fee of £33m.

The Brazilian will be linking up with his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard at Villa Park. He left England in 2018 after securing a transfer to Barcelona from Liverpool. But the move hasn't worked well for both parties and cash-strapped Barcelona have decided to offload the midfielder.

Explaining his decision to join Villa to the club's media, Coutinho said: "[Steven Gerrard] told me about the club, the ambitions of the club and his plans also.

"When I spoke to him after the meeting it was clear that I wanted to be here. I think it [happened] quickly and I am very happy to be here."

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