Newcastle United have made a £17m bid for Miguel Almiron according to reports on Thursday morning.

Atlanta United though have rejected that offer according to The Mail, with the MLS club said to have insisted on their £25m valuation being met.

Whether it is £17m or £25m, Newcastle fans find it difficult to believe that anything will come of it.

With nobody bought these past two Januarys and Mike Ashley’s insistence on a £20m+ profit on deals last summer, supporters find it hard/impossible to believe that the owner would be suddenly allowing the 14 year transfer record to be broken in this mid-season window.

Yesterday, Almiron’s agent said that nothing could happen unless/until Newcastle meet Atlanta’s valuation, whilst Mike Ashley’s people pushed out a story earlier in the week claiming that the player’s supposedly greedy wage demands was the big stumbling block.

It doesn’t exactly add up to a transfer that sounds imminent, does it?

On Wednesday, Almiron’s agent said that he had numerous clubs interested in signing the playmaker/number 10 in the Premier League and other European leagues.

Miguel Almiron and his agent have plenty of time to wait with three weeks remaining of the transfer window(s) to see what offers do come in. However, Newcastle will almost certainly be in a very different situation to all of the other potential bidders, as the are desperate for help now, to try and prevent relegation, as well as needing to build for next season and beyond.

Unless anything happens in these next few days, Miguel Almiron will be starting pre-season training with Atlanta United on Monday (14 January) as new manager Frank de Boer begins his job in earnest.

Atlanta United coming back a little earlier as they two CONCACAF Champions League matches against Costa Rican side Herediano to play, the first of those kicking off (22 February) only six weeks tomorrow, then their MLS new season beginning with a visit to DC United on Sunday 3 March.



  • Kenny

    Why is no other club in for him.
    Would any other club pay £25m for a player coming from a league that is nowhere near the standard of the premiership.

    • KennyS

      The reported fee is [email protected] in the hope that someone else might come in for him. Good luck to the lad, whatever happens his agents will be getting a big chunk of the fee.

    • Peaky

      Exactly….summed it all up there Kenny.

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed, this has the classic look of a panic buy. If and when new owners are appointed the whole scouting and recruitment policy needs replacing.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Panic buy?……..it’s,supposedly,been going on for two months now…..if we believe all the bull💩 thrown our way…..

        • HarryHype59

          I don’t believe there was any intention of actually buying him, or any one else during that period. If NUFC find themselves in the bottom three, that could could change.

          I have massive reservations over this player.

          • Kneebotherm8

            By the time we’re in the bottom 3 it may be too late to sign anyone.

  • Tweed Mag

    Here we go – bid submitted, other side would not cooperate and the deal goes cold. Expect some PR spin very soon.

  • pedrodelgardo

    Surely we have learned by now to wait and see. PR firms encourage papers to produce baseless stories next to adverts – everyones a winner apart from the gullible.

  • KennyS

    Why would Almiron even want to come here?
    You might say because of Rafa but he isn’t going to be here after the end of the season or possibly earlier, so if his agents have done their homework they move on to the next mugs who are willing to pay what is a rediculous fee anyway .. for someone who hasn’t played in a top league.

    • Carverlier football

      You have a point – if someone actually wants to move to a relegation threatened club which is about to lose the only thing that currently makes it attractive to ambitious players, then that would suggest “mercenary” and/or “stepping stone” and/or “no other options”. I can actually believe players demand unrealistic wages from us because what other reason would there be to come to Ashley’s shitshow? Being a competitive sporting club certainly ain’t one…

      • KennyS

        I’ll show my @$$ in Sports Directs window if someone pays £25mill for Almiron … probably have to be behind the biggest SALE signs in the world.

  • DZA

    Bishop PR Stunt ?

    • Peaky

      Is that slang for Bishop lyingcunt..??

  • Geordiegiants

    A £25m player and only Newcastle interested. 💤💤💤💤

    • HarryHype59

      The alarm bells are ringing. If only we had a proactive transfer policy and better scouting network.

  • ScreamStevie

    Newcastle will offer just below what is necessary to get him. You know, we were prepared to break our transfer record but the player’s excessive wage demands meant we were unable to do a deal. Just bad luck…once again :-(

  • Mr_Kinnear

    He’s not signing for NUFC. Wake up

  • Leicester Mag

    Latest rumour is the lift has broken in the Hilton trapping him / Bas Dost and of course Monkmoscow. Engineering spokesman L Lucan thinks it will take them several transfer windows to free them.

    • Peaky

      That lift needs it’s own tv series….a bit like Room 101…who’s in the lift with Monk this week…???

      • Kneebotherm8

        😂

    • Mark Davies

      Luckily for Lacazette, Abameyamg,
      Hyppia and a whole corridor of others, they didnt manage to make the lift as they couldnt quite make it over the line and through the doors

      • TeessideMag

        Ha, imagine putting together a starting 11 of our top failed transfers.. Lacazette, Auba, deli alli, hyppia, luca modric, pepe reina, schweinstieger…

        • Mung Bean

          Sports Direct United’s “We Tried” Starting XI.

        • Leicester Mag

          Eye and compare that to an 11 of shyte we have bought and the money wasted

        • Mark Davies

          Haha aye be a great team. I seem to remember a few where we allegedly could have had one but got the other such as schmeichel but enemded up with mike hooper or shaka. Ronaldo but got hugo vianna etc

  • Mrkgw

    More of the same miserly tactics from Ashley. He isn’t and never was, fit to own a football club. That much is proven.

  • Mark Davies

    I hope if we do get him he isnt like the last paraguayan we had as from what Ive read the comparisons in being both speedy players and fleet of foot reminds me of how Diego Gavillan was served up. That went well!

    • Peaky

      I’m already sensing he’s going to be Cabella like….perish the thought…

      • Mark Davies

        Yup. Definitely of that ilk unfortunately I think. Really hope we get him and are proven wrong. That said if we do, he has to be given time (that unfortunately we font have) as look at what happened to Thauvin after he left under a cloud.

        • Peaky

          You’re right…time is the big factor now…we need someone who can hit the ground running…agree about Thauvin.

          • Mark Davies

            Well if they are going to get him it needs to be soon. Noone would expect him to influence a write off game like saturday but if he could have been here start of Jan he could have had a couple of weeks to bed in and perhaps make a difference in the games we need to win such as Cardiff. Shame the narrow minded short sighted wee taking balloon shaped parositic slave driving lying spiteful hateful disgusting piece of detritus in charge doesnt give a toss.

          • Peaky

            😂🤣😂 that’ll take some beating for a description of our beloved leader…

    • HarryHype59

      Our entire scouting network is very one dimensional. No other EPL club is in for him to my knowledge which raises concern.

  • Hughie

    Usual NUFC fake news, whether via the club or agents. Once again we have the boring transfer window NUFC inevitably failed signing story dragging on and on and on…… . Would much rather sign 3 players with PL experience with the dosh being quoted– he is unproven, playing in the Micky Mouse League. Look at excellent signings such as Fernandez and the Rondon loan. Get shot of Kenedy to free up one loan place (our last one in terms of PL loans), and sign a couple of £10m players and a replacement loanee–selling or loaning out Murphy, Lazaar, Clark, Joselu and Darlow for funds and wage reduction. We will be bottom 3 after Spurs later this month in any event, but still 3 weeks left to sign players… we live in hope, although no-one expects anything positive from the current regime, which is quite happy to pocket the 2018-19 TV money and parachute payment which will all go to paying off outstanding Ashley loan– circa £120M.

    • Dillon Tovak

      👎.

  • Mike

    one that got away ha ha ha

  • Lord

    We tried hard but couldn’t get him over the line. The club won’t pay over the top prices for players. Given the imminent takeover, the Board felt it was better value to look at a loan of a PL player who is currently unable to get a game at their own club. Please give your support to the team as we aim to stay in the PL for 2019/20.

    (c) Keith Bishop PR

    • mactoon

      not even that. We already have two PL loans.

      • Lord

        Championship loans it is then!

        • mactoon

          Unproven players who aren’t wanted by their club or overseas loans who have never played in the Premiership. No wonder Rafa won’t discuss the transfer window, if even he has given up god help us!

  • Peaky

    There’s a line in the song “Heart Of The Matter” by Don Henley that goes “the more I know the less I understand “….that really sums up the whole of Newcastle United for me at the minute.

  • HarryHype59

    If we fail to beat Cardiff and are in the bottom three, Ashley will stress big time! There then may be a very late panic buy! That is the only way this guy may arrive!

    I am not sure how good this bloke actually is. The EPL is a big step up from the MLS.

  • Paul Patterson

    He’ll come to the Premier League, at ooh, let’s say West Ham as a replacement for Arnautovic . .

  • Carl Marks

    If you view the PL as a shop –
    Ashley(with his jumble sale mindset)
    is shopping in Harrods and expecting to pay pound shop prices –
    another overwhelming lack of class!!
    Another day of embarrassment for NUFC(but mostly us)
    Every day is Red Nose Day(with all the money raised going to Ashley) at NUFC !!!!

  • deadtrail 74

    Kevin Bishop, “please stop the protests so we can lie to you about the fake over and upcoming non-transfer’s” so does the boycott and internet attacks start again on February the 1st?

    • Leazes.

      Is that Keith’s son?…. bast*rds the lot of em.

      • deadtrail 74

        Can’t even be sure what that blokes name is. Probably a lie. May as well be Madge Bishop.

  • Kenny

    Nothing at all on Atlanta`s website, you would think a bid for their top player would be there but it isn`t

  • Lewis SG

    Almiron valuation £25m
    Bids £17m

    Failed, let’s move on to the next target

    Brahimi available for £10m
    Bids £5m

    Failed

    Transfer window closes

    “Targets pricing are out of reach”

    • MadMag83

      It gets me how NUFC can charge other clubs top dollar and say it’s the market rate, yet when they come to buy they won’t pay the market rate and complain bitterly about “absurd prices”.

  • Cushty lad

    Judging by the amount of older ex premier players who part these shores to top up the pension in the USA when they’re past there sell by, what’s to say this guy is gonna be any good in the prem? Big gamble & at the price they asking it’s a big no no as far as i’am concerned. No way will the fat lad splash that much cash. Time to move on me thinks.

  • TeessideMag

    To be fair, nobody starts out offering exactly what the seller wants do they, it then edges up and a compromise found. However, that doesn’t mean to say I actually believe a bid has been made…

    I’d say 17mil plus 5-7 mil performance related add ons would make sense, as he is unproven in a top league.

    • Paul Patterson

      Trouble is, even when we actually do bid for players, our bids tend to be ‘take it or leave it’ offers.

      • TeessideMag

        True, we must be an absolute nightmare to deal with. Unless of course, we are the selling club…

  • GlasgowMag

    And the Groundhog Day [email protected] goes on and on and on and on and on…………

  • Billmag

    Good grief we need a striker because if Rondon gets injured we are well and truly effed.

    • Leazes.

      Think he’s attacking midfielder.

      • Billmag

        I should have said besides him we need a striker but we will get niether.

  • Wezza

    The PR can be seen through like glass!
    “We bid for a player that would have broken our transfer record”

    We have bid low countless times before and nothing will ever change.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Bid low and the end game being……………”we couldn’t get it over the line”…….ground hog day…

      • Ron

        Bid low and the end game being……………”we couldn’t get it over the line”……………groundhog day…

        • Ron

          Bid low and the end game being……………”we couldn’t get it over the line”……………groundhog day….again

  • Leazes.

    It puts a totally different emphasis on this story when it emerged that his agent had been over here for months touting him around different clubs…..

    Where are United’s targets then?

    He’s the only one is he?

  • Ron

    They say that God loves a trier, but surely, He couldn’t love Ashley!

    • Wor Lass

      And no-one`s more trying than him!

      • Ron

        Well I have a little list, just check it ….
        … Yes he’s top!
        Actually he’s also 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 6th
        I haven’t got a 5th!

    • Glockas

      Ashley is very trying.

  • DeadToiler

    Is he actually worth anymore than £17M? It’s hard to judge by MLS standards.

    • Burt Humperdink

      That is the key question here. As much people want a signing I really am not sure this is the guy to solve our problems. It’s very hard to gauge where the MLS league stands quality wise. i would be hard pressed to say it was even Championship standard so if it was League One say, has anyone ever paid £25m for a player at that level?

      • Damon Horner

        No players have moved for that much before. You might be right but I’d consider the MLS to have a higher interest for scouts than his previous teams leagues (worse in quality than Argentina though).

        I reckon a relatively young player playing in MLS for one season only could be putting himself into a shop window for major European leagues.

  • pedrodelgardo

    £17m is a figure pitched low enough not to succeed but high enough to suggest we are going to break our ridiculously low record signing – maintaining one of the various illusions he runs.

  • Carl Marks

    Considering the length of time we’ve dithered over this transfer and the fact that not one club has swooped to beat us to his signature,it would appear that he isn’t that good

    • Malcolm Fisher

      I said a few weeks ago that I had seen him play three times but have not been impressed by him. Not to the extent of fee wanted and reported wages

  • 5floorshigh

    not that this signing will happen, but for those questioning his ability/worth then have a look on Utube, not at his highlights but full matches (MLS cup final from December is a good start). The £25M price tag is OTT, the £17M reported offer is a steep gamble, at £10-12M he may be worth a punt…but at this point in time, not the right signing for the Toon.

    • Par84

      Go away you clown. Get off the internet that you are sitting on in your mams loft as a strange 40 year old sexual predator and ring your Uncle Keith (Bishop) and tell him youve been rumbled.

      • 5floorshigh

        so what is your judgement of the player in question ? have you watched any AU games or MLS games ?…your comments are always an interesting insight !

  • toonterrier

    The £17m includes his wages for the next ten years plus his bus fare to the games.

    • Weyhhadaway

      That is disgraceful, they didn’t even include a match day Greggs corned beef Pasty? How can we ever attract the right calibre of player?

  • Weyhhadaway

    The debate over the price and ability of this player is all a bit moot. Whether it is this guy or someone else, the going rate for a Prem level player is 25M and the further you go up the pitch the higher the price tag. Yes it is obscene to have these numbers bouncing around, but this the business you are in Mr Ashley.
    It is very ironic that we are talking these numbers and running food bank collections at the ground!!!

  • Par84

    #Report = Keith Bishop lies.

    *Translation = NUFC Fans will understand the player was greedy and we did our best but just could not get it over the line.

    Reality = Even if 50% of the sheep believe it will ensure season ticket renewals cover the OPEX. That leaves more cash from asset sales and income to go in FCB pocket to spend on struggling retailers to enable a further asset stripping programme.

    • Wezza

      Right on!

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    None of this media manipulation makes any difference. It only matters when he holds up the shirt.

  • 1957

    From what I’ve seen of MLS on tv and a few games featuring this guy £17m is a huge gamble. He is quick but looks quite lightweight and is playing in a pretty ordinary league full of SloMo’s and (cart) Hoss’s, even Ayoze would look good over there.

    If there is £17m to spend there must be someone who is better value in a good league in Europe available… the money is in the club but not destined for new players I suspect.

  • Colin Brumwell

    His record at Cerro and Lanus does not inspire a lot of hope and the MLS is not exactly a top draw competition

    • Damon Horner

      Didn’t he play in league winning teams for Cerro and Lanus? Then Atlanta as well.

      • Colin Brumwell

        Three goals in forty five games over two seasons for Lanus according to Wiki

        • Damon Horner

          Didn’t average that many games, of course some of those games might have been as a sub, I get what you’re saying, similar to saying Lucas Vasquez was part of the Real Madrid team which won 3 Champions Leagues.

  • Billmag

    This is just a repeat of the Jorgensen fiasco last January, the club had no intention of buying him and it’s likewise with this lad.

  • Jonas

    Kenyon mustn’t rate the guy higher than £15-17million.
    Since the take-over is close to happening and Ashley isn’t here long term.

    Ten years ago probably to the day it was Modric and Woodgate we couldn’t get over the line. 10years of this. 10years!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • GToon

      Where is the line these days? I haven’t heard it being mentioned for ages. What’s Spanish for line? Ashley hasn’t rubbed out the line has he? Or turned it into some kind of wall to prevent players from being signed. Sounds a bit better doesn’t it. “Sorry Almiron won’t be signing as we can’t get him over the 10 ft wall that Mike has bought with the TV money”. Now that I would actually believe.

  • Down Under Mag

    A bid put in that can satisfy the need to tell the fans they tried to break the club record transfer (by 1m) and Ashley’s need to make sure it doesn’t actually happen. I bet Ashley was having kittens reading about the bid in case they actually accepted!

  • Taz

    £17 mill, ha ha ha, who was reporting thisshite Rodger mellie? Not buying anyone and the club is not for sale!!