The Bournemouth match saw Daniel Campos in the crowd at St James Park, agent of Miguel Almiron, he watched on as Newcastle won 2-1 heading into the international break.

Newcastle have been linked with the Paraguayan playmaker for some time now, each of the last three windows there has been claims of transfer interest.

On the day that Newcastle beat Bournemouth nine days ago, it was revealed that NUFC had sent people to watch Atlanta United playing New York City.

After being seen at St James Park, Almiron’s agent told AM 1080 in Paraguay:

“There is interest in Miguel Almiron and Oscar Romero.

“I’m in the process of working in England and here are two or three clubs interested in Almiron.

“There’s nothing concrete but certainly Almiron will play in the Premier League.”

Moving forward, reports late on Wednesday night in various English media, reported that Newcastle have made Miguel Almiron their top target this January and are travelling to Atlanta for talks. Reports also claiming that Newcastle representatives have already travelled to the States to watch the player nine times this season.

The playmaker has two games at the most left in his MLS campaign and  by 8 December at the very latest, his season will be over.

In the regular Eastern Conference League season, Atlanta United finished runners up to New York Red Bulls. The league season ending on 11 November with a 3-1 win for Atlanta over New York City, Miguel Almiron getting one of the goals.

The league season is then followed by the MLS Cup which sees six of the top clubs from each (Western and Eastern) conference play in a cup knockout process, with finally one from each Conference meeting in the MLS Cup final.

On Sunday, Miguel Almiron helped Atlanta United to beat New York Red Bulls 3-0 in front of 70,016 at home, with them now hot favourites to reach the final when they meet for the second leg of the semi final tomorrow (Friday).

If they go through, Almiron and Atlanta will face either Portland Timbers or Sporting Kansas City, who drew 0-0 in the first leg of the Western Conference side of the draw.

A £25m price tag has been mentioned in various reports on both sides of the Atlantic, my guess would be that any initial buying price would be lower than that, but still almost certainly taking us beyond the 2005 club record of £16.8m for Michael Owen, with no doubt further money to be paid if Miguel Almiron hits various targets.

The player’s wages are reported as currently being £1.6m (just over £30,000 per week), so any Newcastle offer on that front should be able to meet the player’s demands.

Since moving to Atlanta for the 2017 season, Almiron has started 63 games (2 off the bench) and has scored 22 goals with 21 assists, involved in 43 goals altogether. This season alone he has 13 goals and 11 assists so far.

So what do Atlanta United fans think of the reports of Newcastle travelling to try and buy Miguel Almiron? Here are comments from various Atlanta fan message boards and their supporters on Twitter:

‘Miggy HAS to win mls cup

If he goes to Newcastle he will never win another trophy.’

‘Prediction: Mike Ashley offers a *staggering* bid of $3.5 million for Almiron

And then spends the rest of the day worrying that he’s offering too much.’

‘I don’t see this going anywhere, Newcastle is way too cheap to meet the price Atlanta is sure to ask.’

‘For the Miggy Fans that don’t know EPL.

We need a EPL explainer for the teams he’s rumored to go to. Like a a breakdown of coach, tactics, form, style, who has the best kits, etc… I’ve got faith in you guys to help us out in your own special way.’

‘Coach is Rafa Benitez. Well regarded – he’s holding that team together. Generally pragmatic, tactically savvy.

On the downside, their owner is a dumpster fire and IMO miggy would be the best player on that team.’

‘I’ll root for for whichever team he lands on…

If they win the MLS Cup they need to build a statue of Tata, Miggy & Josef. The phenomenon of ATL UTD and the city’s love affair with this team is unlike any sports story I’ve ever witnessed in my 54 years. It needs a memorial posthaste. ATL took MLS from zero to 70,000 in 1 second.’

‘As a Newcastle fan I would be ecstatic.

Rafa is a good coach and Miggy playing for him would not be a bad thing.

Newcastle need a 10 and Rafa has the team going in the right direction.

Miggy is the missing piece that would keep them in the top half he’d easily be the best player in the squad.’

‘Unfortunately only way I see this happening is if Rafa has kidnapped CA$hley and is forging his signature on the checks.’


‘I just want him to be as happy as he’s made me, so whoever can give him the most minutes and expertise, you go, son!’

‘As a Newcastle fan, I would love Miggy there.

 I have heard a few times that the US investors rumored to potentially purchase NUFC from Ashley is being headed up by Blank. As a fan, Please Dear God, let that be true.

Unfortunately, as a Newcastle fan, we have heard tons of rumors only to have our hopes dashed by Fat Ashley.

In my opinion, Ashley has not paid for anyone as owner and I don’t think he will now unless it becomes part of a business transaction to get him his 300 million asking price with no relegation clause. Just my two cents.’

‘Club is a shambles under Mike Ashley.’

‘Miggy, you deserve so much better than Newcastle.’

‘I don’t expect Miggy to stay with us forever, but wherever he does leave us for, I want it to be a team where he’ll play. And play often.’

‘Why would he do that (go to Newcastle)?

ATL UTD is 19th WORLDWIDE attendance average & is part of a straight shot up.

Newcastle United is basically a quagmire.

He’d start but…. hmmmmmm.

IF he’s going BPL, I’d expect Spurs caliber, minimum.’

‘I’ve supported Newcastle for a while now. Trust me, they aren’t gonna splash the cash needed to get Miggy in.’

‘I really hope he holds out for a better situation he doesn’t deserve to be relegated to the championship.’

‘Newcastle? Really?’

  • East Durham Mag

    Here’s me thinking we should be going for a quality striker. Then I remembered Fatty won’t sanction signing anyone.

  • KennySamsung

    He’s a mid to bottom table player, they havn’t got a clue over there, typical American arrogance. No where near a top six No 10

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      Idiot. If we were arrogant Atlanta fans would expect to keep him. They’re just over valuing a player they’ve grown to love.

      • Ram Kishore

        Just overvalued him a bit but they are being pragmatic about him leaving.

      • KennySamsung

        So I am right then… there’s arrogance for you!

  • Mark Davies

    Cant take comments from americans seriously. Its a league where robbie keane looked like a superstar and where an over the hill rooney went and looked like a 22 year ild marradona. Joke league. Just hope this kid is good if we get him

    • Down Under Mag

      I’d take a Robbie Keane right now…i’d even take an over the hill Rooney right now if it meant we had some more attacking options than Joselu and Perez.

  • Mxpx

    The Americans have overestimated almiron yes BUT I still believe he’d make an excellent signing and an upgrade on perez

  • Carverlier football

    Don’t know why we’re worried about the rest of the world understanding why we’re so upset about such a sh**house owner when even fans of an American team you never heard of have clearly got him pegged…

    • KennySamsung

      Exactly my point

  • Steven05

    Hey Ashley – you aren’t very well liked y’know 🌍

    Now just F^$K OFF

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    where are all these American Newcastle fans hiding??? All I ever see are Arsenal and Man U shirts…

    • Chris

      In Canada I’d say more Liverpool supporters than Arsenal. Also loads of Chelsea ‘supporters’.
      Haven’t met too many Newcastle supporters here, but some.

      • DZA

        American once said to me in San Diego, nice shirt but sh*t club. I’ve not seen too many Newcastle fans when travelling in the states either. For some reason, I’ve seen more Newcastle shirts in Mexico on my travels once, good to see and one of the bars I was in, was a huge Portsmouth fan, odd to see.

        • Stephen Paylor

          The movie goal is the reason for a lot of mexican nufc fans

    • Stephen Paylor

      I live in the USA, what do you want me to chime in with. Even if Ashley would pay the 20 million or so would he choose us over Spurs? He is lightening quick and direct and really suits Rafa and his counter attacking side but the reality is that its unlikely Ashley would sanction a 20 million purchase or that he would choose a relegation threatened club over Spurs.

      • Stephen Paylor

        As a side note on this i was President of a youth soccer club over here. Many Premier League clubs have affiliations with youth clubs over here such as Arizona Arsenal, Solar Chelsea, Liverpool international academy etc. They wear the club strip and some 400 plus kids become fans as do their parents etc. It is a great way to raise the profile of PL clubs and build their audience in the USA. To date i have sent 4 emails to the club asking if this is something they would be interested in. How many responses do you think i have had? NUFC under its current ownership is an absolute disgrace to everyone ever connected to the club. Totally disinterested in the future of the club. Just a banner space for Sports Direct.

        • X2

          Yes. As a Geordie I would be ashamed if any American club affiliated with Ashley’s NUFC.

      • Jonny waugh

        I totally understand and respect your comments, but there is nothing to suggest spurs are even interested in him, also as I’m sure your aware spurs are a very very good team, and I’m honestly not sure he’s good enough to break into the spurs front line, it’s one thing scoring 22 goals and 20 odd assists in the MLS in 60 odd games, but it’s a very different thing doing that in the EPL, I personally think if he went to spurs he would struggle for game time as they already have exceptional players in his position, if he joined newcastle he would start every game and be a star player, rather than a bit part player fighting like hell for game time at spurs, but as it already been mentioned numerous times I very much doubt Ashley will pay 25p never mind 25m lol, so I can’t see him at Newcastle in January, although I would like newcastle to sign him as I’ve seen him play and he looked good, very fast, direct, strong passer of the ball, he looked a good player by al accounts

  • Wezza

    Don’t worry Atlanta fans, our disgusting owner won’t allow a transfer fee OR match his wages. More PR spin to heed off protests.

  • Martin Rooney

    Youtube shoes him to be a great in match cross bar challenge player at £25m 24 year old goal every three games forward in a week league probanly isn’t going to set the premier league a light. I’d look elsewhere for that cash.

  • Toon

    All pipe, would cost a fortune! Funny how all this is coming out at the start of some boycotting etc – at least a month before the transfer window even opens. Sad thing is that some fans will fall for it, the people who refuse to boycott, gives them an excuse

    • Martin Rooney

      More to do with his agent being on a tour of English clubs so he can get his client shifted next week when his current clubs season ends. That way he has his bonus for Christmas and the player has his pay rise on the 1st Jan.

  • US Soccer club fans are not like us here. Losing Almiron won’t be a shock or anything. Season is over, he’s done his part and now Atalanta can buy 4 players for that cash to strengthen their team.

  • DZA

    If Ashley parts with 25 million on one player it must be Christmas.

    • X2

      Ashley as Santa? Can just see him in a Santa suit wandering around Shirebrook being jolly and handing out presents to his adoring workers.

      • DZA

        haha class.

      • Peaky


  • Илья Иванов

    £25m for a MLS player? Can’t take it seriousely. Probably as good as Joze Altidore was!

  • Cockneytrev

    Not going to happen,,,
    Best thing about this article, is the fact that Ashley’s attitude and running of Newcastle is finally starting to come out,, just a shame are own local media and national media don’t highlight it more,,

    • X2

      Spot on. Great to hear accurate and realistic views from elsewhere on the Ashley NUFC pillage,

  • Paul Patterson

    If it’s £25m that’ll be at least £15m over what we’ll offer . .