With January almost upon us, attention will turn to transfers, and the transfer window. This will be the first real impact the new owners can make to a below standard playing squad. With rumours doing the rounds within the media, both on our own shores and abroad, the new key holders at St James’ Park are not hanging about.

Talk is rife that we are close to securing the transfer of England international, Champions League level, La Liga winner right back Kieran Trippier. There is talk that the signing could be completed before the window officially opens, which would not only show the new owners ability to get deals done quickly, but a deviation from the norm that we have been use to, of hoping something happens in the last week of the window.

The signing of Trippier would be a real signal of intent from the club, and shows the sort of quality the club are looking at. The 31 year old defender, not only walks straight into our team, but raises the quality of the squad quite significantly.

The biggest surprise is not that we are looking at players of this calibre, but we may be able to convince the former Manchester City academy graduate to swap Madrid and Champions league football for Tyneside and a relegation fight. This says more about the character of the man that he is willing to make the move, and is exactly the sort of player we will need in what will be a difficult end to the season.

The numbers mentioned around the transfer are as substantial as the improvement he would make to the squad. A mooted £30 million transfer fee has been discussed, and would seem to be the price that Athletico would find acceptable for the defender they signed from Spurs. The reported wages would also make the former Burnley man the clubs highest earner on £150,000 per week.

The move would also make sense for the player himself. As it has been well documented that he wants to return to England, and play in the Premier League once more. A failed bid in the summer from Manchester united – around half of what Newcastle are reportedly offering – meant he had to stay in Spain until a suitable offer came in.

The fact he wants to move back to these shores, and be closer to his family in the North West could play into our hands, meaning not only will he be guaranteed minutes, but also close enough to his family to make the move worthwhile.

But what will Newcastle be getting? This feels like a weird question to answer considering the renown the player has within the league, and I am guessing here, but a vast majority of our readers will be England fans, who saw the quality the lad brings for the National side.

But we will – should the transfer happen- be getting a player who is as good going forward, as he is defensively. A player that will improve our output when it comes to dead ball situations, something the club has been lacking since Cabaye left the club.

He is a player who does have the odd goal in him, with a total of 10 in his career at club level. But it will be his support play, assists and quality from set pieces that will improve this flagging Newcastle side. Adding that much needed quality to a poor defence could help us move upwards in the table.

He is also a player that manager Eddie Howe knows well. Having signed him during his time at Burnley. He saw a player that performed on loan at Barnsley and came through the Manchester City academy system. He saw a player that was on the up, which was evident in later moves to Tottenham and the recent move to Spain.

A player that has played at the highest level, but also been part of a fight in the Championship. Attributes that will serve him well at Newcastle. We need someone with quality, that improves the side, but will also be up for the fight given the perilous position that we find ourselves in.

The four at the back system that Howe seems to have implemented at Newcastle also suits the player. Given that he has seen his game time drop at Athletico Madrid with Simeone moving to more of a wing back system, regular games on Tyneside will suit the player, also given the fact it is a World Cup year. The player will want to force his way into Southgate’s reckoning for the tournament in Qatar in November.

While some will see the price a bit high given his age, but it comes back to “you get what you pay for”. This signing is a real signal of intent for the club going forward, and is exactly the sort of player we should be looking to sign given the ambitions of both the club and the fans. We would be getting someone with vast experience, that will not only demand a lot from himself, but from the players around him.

We would be getting a leader, another voice in the dressing room to help us push our way out of relegation trouble. A real focal point for the club to build on. If we can attract Trippier to the club, there is nothing to stop us attracting players of a similar ilk, to completely reset our squad.

CARL RICHARDSON