Newcastle United have turned down a £12.5million bid from Bayern Munich for Kieran Trippier.
It is the Germans second approach for the defender, having seen a loan bid rejected earlier this month.
Trippier, 33, joined the Magpies in a £12m deal from Atletico two years ago.
The defender has 18 months left on his deal at St James’ Park and Newcastle have little wriggle room left in terms of their Financial Fair Play limits.
Trippier is one of the club’s highest earners and offloading the former Tottenham full-back would free up significant space on the club’s wage bill.
But Eddie Howe wants to keep Trippier, and the Guardian report Newcastle have turned down Bayern’s bid of around £12.5m.
It remains to be seen if the club will stick by Howe’s wishes if Bayern increase their bid but Trippier is thought to be keen on a move to Germany.
England team-mates Eric Dier and Harry Kane already reside in Bavaria, meaning a move to the Bundesliga would be made easier.
Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab have registered their interest in Miguel Almiron but the winger is reluctant to move to the middle-east.
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