Newcastle United have agreed a £15m deal for Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier, who is set to become the Magpies' first signing since the club's Saudi-backed takeover in October.
The England international is now expected to undergo a medical on Tyneside as he seals a return to the Premier League, having left Tottenham for the Spanish capital back in 2019.
Trippier will sign a three-and-a-half year deal and become the highest-paid player in Newcastle's history, with a 50% increase on his current £80,000-per-week wages at Atletico.
Crucially, sources have told 90min there is no release clause in the 31-year-old's contract, meaning he will remain at St. James' Park even if Newcastle are relegated at the end of the season.
90min revealed on Monday that the Magpies were 'highly confident' that Trippier would become their first signing of the January window, and they hope it will be the first of a number of deals.
As well as a right-back, they want a central defender, two midfielders and at least one additional forward, but more likely two. They would also be open to additional opportunities if the deal was right.
The club's owners have provided a substantial January budget as they look to give manager Eddie Howe a real chance of staying in the Premier League, and they have backed him by meeting Atleti's £15m asking price.
Newcastle's next Premier League clash is due to take place on 15 January against Watford - one of their biggest rivals in the battle to avoid relegation - and Howe is understood to want at least two new faces available for that clash.