Newcastle: 'Trippier could have a word' to seal £34m deal at St James' Park

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Newcastle United star Kieran Trippier could play a key role in convincing Renan Lodi to swap Atletico Madrid for St James’ Park, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Trippier joined the Magpies from the La Liga giants in January, with the Tyneside outfit forking out £12million, but it seems his former employers could be raided yet again.

What’s the latest news involving Lodi?

According to Spanish sources, Newcastle are willing to pay as much as £34million in order to tempt Atletico Madrid into selling Lodi.

The report suggests Juventus are also interested in the 24-year-old, but the Magpies are able to part with a more lucrative sum in order to strike a deal.

That is because Newcastle became the richest club in world football when the Saudi Arabia-based Public Investment Fund completed a £305million takeover last October.

It is understood that Lodi is of ‘growing interest’ as the St James’ Park-based side’s recruitment team have been keeping tabs on potential left-back arrivals.

Lodi made 42 appearances for Atletico Madrid during the 2021/22 season and highlighted his attacking capabilities by recording nine goal contributions along the way.

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What has Dean Jones said about Lodi?

Jones believes Lodi would be an impressive addition to Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe’s squad.

The transfer insider feels Trippier, who featured alongside the Magpies target 68 times during his spell in the Spanish capital, could play a decisive role in the deal.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Lodi is a really good left-back and he would be exciting.

“Obviously, Trippier could have a word with him and encourage him that this is a good place to switch to.”

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Why has Lodi worked his way onto Newcastle’s radar?

Newcastle signed Matt Targett on loan for the second half of last season, but they have yet to take him off of Aston Villa’s hands on a permanent basis.

If Howe – who was appointed as the Magpies’ boss a month after the Saudi-led takeover – decides against returning for Targett, his remaining left-back options would be Jamal Lewis, Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie.

Lodi, who is a 15-cap Brazil international, would clearly be an improvement on the trio and Targett.

He has won the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid and enjoyed continental success in his homeland, while he also boasts plenty of experience in the Champions League.

Lodi’s defensive and attacking prowess could be instrumental in Newcastle improving on their 11th-placed finish last term.

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