Newcastle United are chasing the signature of Miguel Almiron according to reports this morning.

The 23 year old playmaker/number 10 is claimed to be on Rafa Benitez’ wish list to replace Ayoze Perez.

The United boss failed to get the backing from Mike Ashley in both January and the summer to inject some much needed quality into this key position.

In the Championship Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez shared the role but after a really poor pre-season from Diame, Rafa has been forced to go with his fellow Spaniard all this season – so far.

A regular for Paraguay, Miguel Almiron first came to notice playing for Cerro Porteno in his home country, before moving to a higher standard of football in Argentina with Lanus.

However, since moving to Atlanta United in February this year, three days after turning 23, his career has really taken off.

The MLS side have had great value for money with the £7m transfer, Miguel Almiron involved in 17 goals (scored 9, 8 assists) despite only starting 28 league games plus 3 sub appearances.

A number of clubs are reported to have been watching the Paraguayan playmaker, including Newcastle.

Italian media outlet Calciomercato report that Inter Milan are facing a challenge from Newcastle United, with Arsenal also keeping an eye on the player.

With Atlanta United set to more than double their money in less than a year if he moves, the reported £15m price tag would represent the biggest transfer made by Rafa Benitez so far, if a transfer did indeed happen.

Some people will have doubts as to whether Almiron could step up from the MLS but then with any signing you pay your money and make your choice.

Obviously the problem for Rafa so far has been that he hasn’t had the money to make a proper choice, in bringing in the kind of quality playmaker/number 10 that his team is desperate for.

Whether it is Miguel Almiron or whoever, Newcastle supporters will be hoping that both that number 10 role and the main striking one will be strengthened in January.

Whether the club has new owners or not is irrelevant, going into the second half of the season without adding quality in the forward positions would be a massive risk.

  • Paul Patterson

    People need to forget about new owners in January as it’s very unlikely to happen that quickly.
    As for this guy, fair enough but the physicality of the MLS isn’t the Premier-league I’m afraid.

    • Wor Lass

      Don`t worry, Paul, you can get your takeover update EVERY day in the Chronicle Live fantasy blog. They know naff all so Ryder and co just make it up – a bit like this transfer news most likely. Some agent trying to reel in a deal.

    • steve pearce

      Er – DeAndre Yedlin came from the MLS….

      • Paul Patterson

        Yeah, but Tottenham bought him and the mackems loaned him. We knew he could cope physically. We weren’t taking the risk.

        • Martin

          Problem is that if you are trying to buy a No. 10 for 15 million in the PL he will not be tried and tested otherwise he would be 50 million.

        • Phil Yare

          spurs took a risk then

      • Phil Yare

        and defoe spent time in the MLS before coming back and scoring plenty of goals and looking dangerous for the mackems. with mackem service as well

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Until the Great Fat One leaves not a nut will be spent

    • Kneebotherm8

      The Great Fat One is the largest squirrel I’ve ever seen.

  • Sadly MLS’s level is around what we see in the Championship and this doesn’t prove the player can cut it for the Euro Elite leagues. Would go for it, just to give Perez some competition and finally move out Diame.

  • Kneebotherm8

    If he’s half as good as Merino,he’ll be twice as good as Perez.

  • S.G.M.

    Porter Pap.

  • Rich Lawson

    Oh come on Graham,claimed by who ? Not even The Sun surely ?

  • MadMag83

    Perez would probably be near that level in the MLS.

  • fistsofsteel2

    Perez is probably our best footballer. It would be a mistake to lose him.