England full-back Kieran Trippier is expected to arrive at the North East on Wednesday to complete the final steps of his £12m transfer to Newcastle from Atletico Madrid.
The 31-year-old, who will undergo a medical, is set to be Newcastle’s first signing under their new Saudi owners – and first for new manager Eddie Howe since he took charge in November.
Trippier who joined La Liga side Atletico in 2019 from Tottenham for £20m, will be reunited with Howe, who signed him while he was at Burnley.
He has made 83 appearances for the Spanish club, who won La Liga last season.
The defender was part of the England side that reached the final of Euro 2020 last summer.
Atletico hoped Trippier would stay, but the defender made it clear he wanted to return to England.
Newcastle are second bottom of the Premier League, having won just one league game all season.
They are next in action on Saturday, at home to Cambridge United in the FA Cup third round, before hosting fellow strugglers Watford in the league on 15 January.