Worrying Kieran Trippier update emerges as Bayern Munich ‘verbally agree’ Newcastle United switch

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Sky Germany are claiming Bayern Munich are closing in on a deal for Kieran Trippier - with Newcastle United adopting a "not for sale" stance

Kieran Trippier is open to reuniting with Harry Kane and Eric Dier at Bayern Munich this month, according to reports.

Sky Germany are claiming the Bundesliga outfit have “verbally agreed” a deal with the Newcastle United talisman. Earlier this week, it was reported Bayern were pushing to sign Paris Saint-Germain right-back Nordi Mukiele.

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But talks have stalled and Trippier has been identified by Thomas Tuchel as the ideal alternative. The former Chelsea manager has already lured Kane and Dier - two of Trippier’s teammates at Tottenham Hotspur and England - to the continent.

Signing the Magpies’ defender would come as a shock to Toon fans given his importance under Eddie Howe. Trippier was the first signing of the Saudi-backed era, helping the club stave off relegation before qualifying for the Champions League a year later.

He also led Newcastle to their first cup final in 24 years last season - almost becoming the first man since Bob Moncur to lift a trophy on Tyneside. Jamaal Lascelles’ demotion to the bench means Trippier has been captain for most of his two years at St James’ Park.

While a loan move is mooted, various sources claim preliminary talks are being held about a permanent deal. Newcastle bosses are understood to be adamant that their leader is “not for sale” unless a crazy offer was made.

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Trippier insisted following his contract extension last year that he remained happy at Newcastle and enjoyed a “great relationship” with Howe. The 33-year-old said: “When I first arrived here, they made me feel so welcome and I want to help the club achieve great things.

“It's a positive moment for us players in the club and there's no place I'd rather be. I've had a great relationship with the manager for many years. That was another easy decision why I came to Newcastle in the first place.”

Claims in Germany now suggest Trippier would be keen on joining his former teammates at Bayern. The defender has under 18 months remaining on his Newcastle contract.

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