On January 4th, we covered claims made by AS that Kieran Trippier is set to complete a move to Newcastle United on Wednesday.

It was also explained the right-back’s wish to stay close to his family in England convinced him to leave Atlético Madrid in the winter market.

Marca now claim the 31-year-old will be a Newcastle player in the ‘next few hours’ and his ‘willingness to return to the Premier League’ has been decisive for the operation to take place.

In the last few days, the situation was ‘intense’ in Madrid. The La Liga winners proposed a new deal to the England international, but his wish to return to his country has not changed.

The ex-Burnley man wants to be close to his family and has used it to convince Diego Simeone’s side to sanction his sale in the January window.

Trippier travelled to England on Tuesday afternoon after receiving permission from Los Rojiblancos.

It’s claimed Atlético have given the fullback a period of few hours to specify the conditions and sign the a contract with the Tyneside club. ‘Otherwise, he will return to Madrid’ and finish the season at the Metropolitano.

Marca, however, state this scenario ‘will not occur’ because the defender is set to pass his medical tests and then sign the contract with Eddie Howe’s side on Wednesday. Therefore, Atlético have already started looking for Trippier’s successor in the market.