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Rumour Mill- Trippier Out of Toon?

Clarets fans hearts missed a beat in midweek following news that Newcastle were reportedly interested in signing right back, Kieran Trippier.

Trippier has been a sensational hit with Clarets fans this season. Initially arriving on a season-long loan from Manchester City last summer, he put pen to paper and signed a permanent deal in the January transfer window for a undisclosed fee.

The deal was for three-and-a-half years and in theory would keep the England Under 21 international at the club until the summer of 2015.

The affection Clarets fans have for the 21 year old was adequately demonstrated at the recent Supporters Clubs Player of the Year Awards Night in which he picked up most of the accolades. He edged out Jay Rodriguez by picking up four awards to Jay Rod's three to become the overall winner.

It was pretty devastating then to learn the same week that Trippier had been catching the eye of a Premier League club.

Newcastle gaffer, Alan Pardew was reportedly monitoring the defender while the Magpies awaited a decision on Danny Simpson`s new contract offer. It is understood Simpson has been stalling over the offer. By all accounts though, Trippier has been on Newcastle`s radar for about 18 months now and they were interested in the player whilst he was playing for Barnsley on loan and still on Manchester City's books. Pardew was also on a scouting mission at Middlesbrough in January when Burnley came away with a 2-0 victory.

If the rumours are true, the chances of Trippier ending up at St James Park could depend on Simpson's decision. Even if Simpson does sign a new deal, Pardew could still be in the market for a right back.

Should Simpson refuse however, then Newcastle look likely to cash in on the former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers defender who has just one year of his contract remaining. If that becomes the situation, it looks like Pardew might then target two right backs with one also capable of playing in the centre of defence.

Although Trippier wears his Claret heart on his sleeve, a move to Newcastle could prove to be too tempting and his loss would be a major blow to Eddie Howe's plans and the fans optimism for next season.

Howe said recently:

"I think it`s going to be our biggest battle to try to keep the squad together."

Most Clarets fans thought he had Jay Rodriguez in mind when he said that but to also lose Trippier would be unthinkable. Not only would we lose our best defender and attacking full-back in many a season but we would also need to find a replacement. In fact to be honest we don't really have right back cover in the current squad either without playing defenders out of position so in effect we would probably need two right backs.

We simply have to hope nothing comes of this rumour although it does seem to have some substance behind it which is somewhat worrying.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 30 2012

Time: 12:18AM

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Please god no!! To lose Mears was bad enough, to now lose Trips would be truly awful! He is the one player this season who has consistently pulled his weight and shown commitment in bucketfuls. Some were even saying he should be captain! God I hate transfer windows! After the Prem promo, I didn't think we were going to suffer as much as we have in the past but with the club hinting we are back to be being a selling club and looking to cutback, I really worry about our long term prospects in a Championship that gets more and more difficult to get out of every season without financial commitment
It's a mirror for life is football; the small and the weaker feed the stronger and richer. I could not care in the slightest what happens with the club down the road called rovers. I am more worried about what sort of quality and number of players we are going to have in our squad next season. To say I am worried is an understatement!
Him and Marney are my favourite players HOWEVER so too is young Williams and he is every bit as exciting as Tripps, had he not been injured I am sure he would have been on the bench. MOM in the home leg of the semi final and many seeing him for the first time were amazed how good he is and of course if big brother was a loanee with us and is playing well at Boro. I don't want Tripps to go but we do have cover.
lol delete if and insert his. His big brother Rhys at Boro, whilst Aryn is under Pash's guidance.
Our better players are always going to attract attention from bigger clubs.
There will always be interest in our best players from other clubs. What BFC have to do is persuade our players to stay. It is not only supporters who are disenchanted by a lack of ambition by the Board.
This is precisely why I feared the Fair Play ruling which simply penalises those clubs with lower turnovers! We are going to be less competitive make no mistake about that. Lower salaries will not help retain key players nor attract good enough replacements. Why this club supported it, I will never know! They will rue the day they didn't try hard enough to stay in the top flight when they had the chance,mark my words!
Have to agree Phil with your last comment. Once we settle into the reality of the new financial rules our chances of repeating any major success such as pushing for the premier league are diminished significantly. This could be even more cutting for us if Blackpool get back into the big time. We just seem to be preparing to accepting mediocrity and limiting the extent of the potential success of the club. You can see us fighting to stay in the Championship in the not to distant future. I am not advocating stupid wages and spending but to keep buying their tickets there has to be more ambition.
Tripps has to stay at all costs, give him an improved contract now 3 years at least as he will only get better and 5,000 a week more than the average players we have. I Rate him at somewhere around 10 million If any big money clubs come calling.
Grimsby Claret
The club's mind doesn't work like that though does it?! You only have to see what happened to Cork in that respect! Result Saints promoted and Burnley pfaffing about in midtable wondering what might have happened had they been able to keep Fox and Cork! Oh we cant upset the rest of the team by offering a key player of better quality more than the salary cap. Utter bollox I say!
This comes down to the amount of money we get, and who we will replace him with, should he go. Agree with Vin that Williams would be a good 2nd choice RB for next season. Don't think you can compare us with Saints in terms of budgetary power though, Phil - with or without our PL windfall. Mark my words!
Interesting comments by Fox about going to Southampton, along the lines of one look at the set up and you know its a big club. ffs lets not delude ourselves that it is easy to entice players to Gawthorpe even with the improvements. Blackburn Rovers Youth facilities are better than our first teams, we still have a long way to go to catch up and offering wads to ground your car over every hump down the lane to Gawthorpe is not as attractive as we believe.

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