Newcastle United were taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in October and a month later, they appointed Eddie Howe as Steve Bruce’s successor.

The Magpies are 19th in the league table and in urgent need of signings in the winter market. They have already completed the signing of Kieran Trippier from Atlético Madrid on Friday.

He signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Tyneside club and the England international was able to return to his country in January, after reportedly failing to get a move to Manchester United last summer.

DAZN España sat down for an interview with the former Burnley man, where he revealed his desire to stay close to his family convinced the right-back to join Newcastle, and that move was the “easiest decision”.

“Newcastle appeared in January, I have personal reasons for my family… The most important thing is that it was a happy day, we reached an agreement and now I have the opportunity to come to Newcastle,” he said.

“I knew some players and some of the staff, that made the decision easier for me. If you look at the club, its fans… It is a gigantic club and the project they are carrying out is very exciting. That is one of the reasons why I have come. It is a great opportunity for me. I love challenges: I put myself to the test in Spain and now I will do it at Newcastle.”

The defender knows Howe from his time at Burnley. The former AFC Bournemouth coach initially signed Trippier for the Clarets on loan in 2011, before his stay there was made permanent a year later. A move to Newcastle will see Trippier reunite with Howe.

“I am very excited. I know the manager well. Newcastle are a great club. It is a great privilege for me to be here and it is a new stage in my career that I am looking forward to starting,” the fullback explained.