'Definitely want to go’ - Newcastle United star tipped for exit as pundit lauds benefits of switch

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Kieran Trippier is linked with a January move to Bayern Munich

Former Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness believes Kieran Trippier has “served his purpose” at St. James’ Park Reports in recent days have suggested the 33-year-old is wanted by German giants Bayern Munich. There have been conflicting claims about whether Trippier fancies a Bundesliga move.

Losing the England international would deal a short-term blow for the Magpies as he has proven instrumental in the club’s turnaround under new ownership. Trippier was the first signing of the post-takeover era and has worn the armband for most of Eddie Howe’s reign.

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The official line from Newcastle is that Trippier will not be sold this month unless a sizeable offer was made. This comes after club CEO Darren Eales admitted player sales could happen as “headroom” regarding Financial Fair Play (PSR) remains tight.

Speaking to talkSPORT, ex-Toon boss Souness implied now might be the time to cash in on Trippier. He also named Harry Kane - his former teammate at Tottenham Hotspur - as a potential “catalyst”, with Eric Dier another who joined Bayern earlier this month.

“In this case, the catalyst (for Bayern switch) would be Harry Kane,” Souness said. “The manager (Thomas Tuchel) has worked in England so will know the quality of Trippier. He’s a really good footballer.

“The player will definitely want to go. I think he has served his purpose there. He was a bit of a magnet for other people going there (Newcastle). He was an England player, I think he’s served his purpose. He’s done a great job for them and he will see the chance to join one of the biggest clubs in the world (and) a club where you have a great chance of winning trophies. What a great way to finish your career.”

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