January Move Looking Likely
Newcastle United are in pole position to sign Atlanta United forward Miguel Almiron according to the player’s father.
The Magpies have been linked with the Paraguay international who has impressed since he moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2017. He has scored 21 goals in just short of two seasons with the club and was part of the side that defeated Portland Timbers 2-0 in the MLS Cup Final on Saturday to clinch the league title in the franchise’s second season,
“He will definitely go to England, what’s left to be decided is to what club but Newcastle is the one with the advantage,” Ruben Almiron told the media in South America.
Newcastle have been linked with a loan move for Almiron and the club’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson flew out to the USA last week for talks.
But Atlanta president Darren Eales has dismissed the prospect of a temporary move.
“I have seen some laughable things in the press, clearly we are never going to loan one of our players out and we are certainly not going to let them go for the ‘chump change’ that I have seen in some reports.”
Atlanta paid around $8million for Almiron when they bought him from Argentine side Lanus. He is believed to be demanding $15million. That’s around £12million – and rising as the value of the pound falls.
The MLS side have long been resigned to losing Almiron. Eales admitted as much in the summer when he suggested that the 24-year-old would move to a club in Europe in January. At that time, Arsenal and Leicester City were challenging Newcastle for his signature. The Gunners are now believed to be out of the picture.