Kieran Trippier's betting ban 'scuppered Man Utd transfer in January' but club remain 'admirers' of Atletico Madrid ace

KIERAN TRIPPIER'S betting ban scuppered a January transfer to Manchester United, according to reports.

However, the Old Trafford club are thought to remain 'admirers' of the Atletico Madrid defender.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils plotted to make a move for the right-back this month.

But those plans were halted when news of his ten-week suspension and £70,000 fine for breaching FA betting rules broke.

The ban was announced on December 23 – ending his run of playing every minute this season – but he featured in Atletico's 2-0 win over Sevilla on Tuesday as the punishment is on hold subject to an appeal.

In the written reasons for the FA's decision, it was revealed Trippier kept his friends informed about his transfer in the summer of 2019 via a series of WhatsApp messages.

He told a friend to 'lump on' a bet he would sign for Diego Simeone's side in the summer of 2019 and told another 'it's happening'.

Trippier, 30, did sign a three-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano and is mid-way through his contract which expires in 2022.

But the Bury-born former Spurs and Burnley man grew up supporting United and would be open to a switch to Old Trafford.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the undisputed No1 United right-back at the moment.

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But Trippier, who came through at rivals City's academy and has 25 England caps, would certainly challenge the ex-Crystal Palace man with his offensive threat.

United sold Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah to Bayer Leverkusen for £1.8million on Wednesday.

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