Newcastle United have been warned that they will have to put in a serious offer if they want to take Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United in January.
The Magpies have been rumoured to be in talks with the exciting Paraguay international, who is still Stateside preparing for the MLS Cup final against Portland Timbers on Saturday evening.
Almiron has been a key member of the squad that has taken Atlanta to the title match in just their second season in the league, and has been watched by Newcastle for some time.
The attacker would add a flair and a creative spark that has been missing from the Magpies’ play for a fair while, and he could remind fans of stars of old such as David Ginola and Laurent Robert, both of whom graced the left side with skill and trickery.
Newcastle were hoping to get a good value deal for the Paraguayan, but they have been warned by Darren Eales, the president of Atlanta, that will not be the case.
“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.” The Chronicle Live quote him as saying to Sky Sports.
“If it’s a proper, serious offer then it’s something we would consider, but not for the laughable figures that I have seen mentioned in the press.”
Newcastle are going to have to work hard to get the flamboyant attacker to St James’ Park, as they face competition for his signature from Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, while Arsenal have previously shown an interest in him too.
If the Magpies are to get the MLS star, it would appear that they are going to have to make a firm bid for him, but with rumours of a takeover in the pipeline, it remains to be seen whether Rafael Benitez has the resources to do that.