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Newcastle United: Kieran Trippier alternative targeted this January

Journalist Ross Gregory has claimed that Newcastle United will be in the market to sign a backup for Kieran Trippier this January.

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At the moment, the Magpies are flying. Indeed, they currently sit third in the league having just picked up a point away from home against table-toppers Arsenal.

With that in mind, Eddie Howe won’t want anything to disrupt his team’s momentum and it sounds as though the club are keen to bring in some fresh faces this winter.

While talking about it all on NUFC Matters, Gregory claimed that the club are looking to target ‘two or three positions’ with a new right-back one of those areas to strengthen.

He said: “My understanding, from people that I’ve spoken to, is that there are two or three positions that they have identified.

“And one is a backup right-back to Kieran Trippier. Javier Manquillo, I don’t think, is in favour, and obviously Emil Krafth’s got a bit of an injury situation.

“Then there’s the defensive midfield position, which we’ve talked about, and then there’s another forward attacking player.”

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Obviously, seeing as Trippier has worn the captain’s armband on 17 of 18 Premier League starts this season, the Magpies aren’t looking to replace him.

However, should he get injured they could be in a bit of trouble. After all, Manquillo has just ten minutes of league football to his name this term and so clearly isn’t rated that highly by Howe. On top of that, as mentioned by Gregory, Krafth is out with a long-term injury and so won’t be ready to play any time soon.

Interestingly enough, Sky Sports have recently reported that the club are considering signing right-back Ivan Fresneda from Real Valladolid, having watched him on multiple occasions of late.

At the tender age of 18, the teen could be a good fit to come in and learn his trade under 32-year-old Trippier over the next few seasons.

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