It was ten weeks ago when Newcastle United were first reported to have an interest in signing Miguel Almiron this month.

Then two weeks later [eight weeks ago], the playmaker/number 10’s agent, Daniel Campos, turned up at St James Park the day Newcastle beat Bournemouth.

Interviewed in November [see below] and asked about being at St James Park, Campos confirmed that he was ‘working’ in England, with ‘two or three clubs interested in Almiron’ for a January transfer to the Premier League.

Obviously nobody believed it was coincidence that it happened to be St James Park where he had been seen, with Newcastle surely one of the interested clubs, if not the only one he was in reality speaking to.

Follow up mentions/updates in the media linking Newcastle United with Miguel Almiron have been regular but Newcastle fans continued to be sceptical, especially when Atlanta’s President came out in the press to rubbish claims they were going to initially loan the player to Newcastle with a £15m fee to pay in the summer to make it permanent.

Instead, the Atlanta President insisting that any bidding for the player would start at the $30m mark, approximately £24m.

Whilst the Guardian claimed today that personal terms had been agreed by Newcastle with the player and ‘only’ the transfer fee needed sorting, yesterday had brought a report from the Press Association claiming ‘sources on Tyneside‘ [undoubtedly Mike Ashley’s people] had claimed the big sticking point on a transfer was that supposedly Miguel Almiron was demanding over £100,000 per week, a figure which PA said the Tyneside ‘source’ described as an ‘astronomical’ figure.

I just looked up the definition of ‘astronomical’ and in this context it means something which is ‘extremely large’, well any transfer fees and wages would look ‘astronomical’ compared to what Rafa Benitez has been allowed to offer so far for players.

If you remember, after the summer 2017 window closed, Rafa Benitez came out and said he hadn’t even been able to compete with Huddersfield and Brighton when it came to offering transfer fees and/or wages to potential signings.

Interviewed now once again in Paraguay, Almiron’s agent says that he has talked to Newcastle about wages but that is irrelevant unless Mike Ashley is going  to allow NUFC to pay the asking price for Miguel Almiron.

Daniel Campos speaking to ABC:

“If Newcastle upholds its pretensions, it may be one of the clubs [who could sign Miguel Almiron], but there are also others”

“From England, Germany, Italy, Spain, there are clubs that have an interest in Miguel Almiron.

“With Newcastle, I talked about the salary of the player, but the club must raise its offer with Atlanta if they want to have the player.”

The Mag – 19 November 2018:

After being seen at St James Park in the stands when Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1, Daniel Campos, 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.”

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    why am I not shocked by this headline and imagine my rage and disappointment when he doesn’t turn up, would it be easier for the editors of the Mag to do something worthwhile with their time than waste time writing on this absolutely shambolic Ashley regime

    • mactoon

      I’m at the stage where I am bloody furious at the local reporters who perpetuate the myth that we are in for any of these players. If they actually have any respect for the fans of Newcastle they would stop reporting these rubbish claims that we are interested in this and that player (which simply is not true) and just do some investigational journalism and give us some facts. The owner and those in a position of being able to talk to reporters simply don’t talk or give interviews so JUST DO SOME DIGGING AND TELL US WHAT IS GOING ON!!!!

      • Wezza

        They tow the party line or they get banned. Dishonesty is the norm.

        • mactoon

          what’s the point of towing the line if the club don’t give them access anyway?

          A local paper should be fighting for the local fans not fawning to the club in the desperate attempt to get access to quotes from the club which we all agree are fake news and PR GUFF that no one in the north east believe. They could play a major part in exposing this toxic regime to the world instead of hoping for scraps by reporting the clubs pathetic fake news

          • BigHairyDog

            Where do you think Ryder gets his “scoops” from? He can’t slag off friends.

        • Carverlier football

          And that access gets them banal interviews which are utterly pointless in the current climate. Absolutely not worth it.

      • Scottie Chugger Dearden

        Sadly the press know we love our club and they exploit it for the Scum they are for a little bit of click bait!

  • mactoon

    1. I thought clubs had to agree a price before the player could be approached about his wages
    2. He gets £30k pw so will not be expecting much more than £50k pw tops
    3. given the highest earner in NUFC is Shelvey on a reported £70k pw an untried player like Almiron will not get anything near that
    4. Given that the selling club’s owner is asking £24+ million WE WON’T MATCH THEIR ASKING PRICE!!!

  • GlasgowMag

    If Rafa wants him just put in an offer which is the same that we sold Mitro for!! Regarding wages pay him on the same as Mitro is being paid at Fulham which is basically the going rate!! In any event if the asking price was 12 million it still wouldn’t happen as the policy has always been buy cheap sell big!!

  • Kenny

    Forget him, it`s not going to happen, King Rat forking out £24m is laughable

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    If we have a net spend by the end of this window, there’ll be flying pigs over SJP

  • Leazes.

    Ah….he’s being touted around….

  • Wezza

    Well I’m shocked!
    Just stop going! Stop giving your money to the FCB!

    • pedrodelgardo

      He’s already got my money.

      • porciestreet

        Then make it your last..!
        Starve THEBASTADOOT.

  • lupa

    Greedy barstewerd .Ashley offers him a zero hours contract & a £20 House Of Fraser gift voucher. Footballers today for you.

  • Taz

    Noshit sherlock

  • Paul Patterson

    Sorry. I’m genuinely shocked..

  • Steven05

    I’m shocked to my very core

  • Steven05

    Can we agree to a new strategy – pressure the local press to do what their equivalents would do in the likes of Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester??

    • Carverlier football

      Apparently they weren’t that much better in Glasgow…

  • Carverlier football

    Sounds like the same old. Put in a bid you know will fail.

  • Tommy

    How much do you think Newcastle offered, if they want in the region of £20m
    i think our bid would be £12m

    • Tweed Mag

      Be surprised if they have offered anything up to now – nothing is certain with this lot of incompetents in charge.

      • Tommy

        Reading between the lines i don`t think there has been a bid.

    • The BBC is FAKENEWS

      I don’t think he has any intention of signing players at all. My guess would be they have offered to loan him until the end of the season to give him a platform to secure a move to the premier in the summer, with a first option to sign. Any disagreement over wages would be an expectation that Atlanta pay part of his wages for the duration.

      A £12m signing, simply isn’t gonna happen.

      Rafa will have much less than that as a total transfer kitty for January.

      £5m or £6m tops.

  • Tweed Mag

    Well I never.
    The recruitment team are usually really good …….. aren’t they?
    The owner pays the going rate . . . . . doesn’t he?
    Surely they won’t upset the player’s agent and the selling club . . . . would they?
    Strengthening the team is a priority during a relegation scrap . . . . isn’t it?

  • Rabid Dog

    Oh my golly gosh….. that surely can’t be the case. Did the “head of recruitment” get his numbers wrong…. by a decimal place?

    Who am I kidding “head of recruitment…” hahahahahahaha

    Load of w4nk

    • Kenny

      There`s only 1 head of recruitment, that`s the Fat oaf lying on his lilo in

      • Leazes.

        Switzerland this year I think….. bit too cold for a lilo.

        • BigHairyDog

          Pity it ain’t Dignitas.

        • Billmag

          Surely he can’t be ski-ing ⛷⛷⛷ can he ???

          • Leazes.

            He has a home there. probably a requirement for banking facilities.

          • Big Hairy Man

            Beware of avalanche!

          • porciestreet

            With a bit of luck…!

          • Kneebotherm8

            He’s under one….

  • Kneebotherm8

    Just pay the £20m profit you made in the last transfer window you FCB…..

    • BigHairyDog

      He needs that for Debenhams when they go bust.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Ya reet there like……

    • The BBC is FAKENEWS

      He’s already pocketed that

      • Kneebotherm8


  • BigHairyDog

    Bid way below the other club’s valuation, when the other refuse to budge blame them and tell everyone “we couldn’t get it over the line”. Eleven years of this and it still fools people.

    • The BBC is FAKENEWS


    • porciestreet

      Naaaah..! Dont think it does any more.
      Mikes on the last ferry now and all his bridges are burning.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Well I never seen this coming !

    • Martin Rooney

      You won’t see him coming

  • 5floorshigh

    come on Rafa sign the 12 month extension and then Mike ‘trust me’ Ashley will really truly honestly definitely offer the asking price……duh !

  • GToon

    Yes Mike, you stand your ground. He will be sorry, just like Dele Ali was when you wouldn’t pay him what he wanted either. You had the last laugh there didn’t you Mike.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Exactly, along with the £20m saved from not buying that waster Aubameyang.

      • Wor Lass

        Don`t forget Das Boot!

        • Kneebotherm8

          That story keeps on re surfacing…..😂

      • The BBC is FAKENEWS

        Lacazette and modric too

        • Geordiegiants

          So is The Comical

        • Jewell Ahmed

          Virgil van Dyk too.

    • Paul Patterson

      And Modric . .

  • Mr_Kinnear

    I see the ambitious clubs have made signings. Chelsea , rangers, safc, Bradford, Southend, Bognor Regis rovers. What a farce