After completing his move from Atletico Madrid on Friday, England international Kieran Trippier has become Newcastle’s first signing of the Eddie Howe era.

The 31-year-old full-back has moved back to the Premier League for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of 12 million pounds (16.2 million dollars) plus add-ons.

The former Tottenham defender has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, and his arrival signals the launch of a new era under the Magpies’ Saudi-backed owners.

Trippier, who manager Eddie Howe signed for former club Burnley during his spell in charge at Turf Moor, won La Liga with Atletico last season but relished his return to England. He said: “I’m delighted to be joining this fantastic club. I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I became aware of interest from Newcastle United and has 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.”

The Bury-born full-back finds himself pitched into a top-flight survival battle with Newcastle, who entertain League One Cambridge in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. The Magpies sit just one place off the foot of the Premier League table, and Howe will hope this is the first of a series of recruits to help in that fight.