FORMER Burnley defender Kieran Tripper has joined Newcastle United on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Trippier returns to the Premier League following a two-and-a-half-year spell in Spain with Atletico Madrid.

The England international reunites with Eddie Howe, who brought him to Turf Moor in the summer of 2011, initially on a loan deal from Manchester City.

“I’m delighted to be joining this fantastic club," he told the club's website.

"I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I became aware of interest from Newcastle United, and having worked with Eddie Howe before, I knew this was where I wanted to be.

“I’m aware there is a lot of work ahead of us but I know the demands of Premier League well and I know what an amazing club this is with very talented players.

"I can’t wait to get started and I’m excited to step out at St. James’ Park as a Newcastle player.”

Trippier made 185 appearances for the Clarets and played a key role in their promotion from the Championship in the 2013/14 campaign.

The full-back left Turf Moor in January 2012 to join Tottenham and went on to play in the 2019 Champions League final against Liverpool.

He also scored a memorable free-kick for England in the 2018 World Cup semi-final against Croatia and has since captained the Three Lions.

Last season, Trippier was a regular starter as Diego Simeone’s Atletico finished above the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid to clinch the La Liga title.