Alan Nixon is at it again when it comes to a potential January move for Miguel Almiron, with him claiming that the MLS star is Rafa Benitez’s ‘first choice’ target this winter – but admitting that his price tag ‘may be an issue as always’.
Not only that, the player’s agent has also confirmed that he is in England and talking to ‘two or three’ interested Premier League clubs – claiming he was even on Tyneside to watch our 2-1 win over Bournemouth over the weekend.
Here’s what his agent has just said about the Newcastle links today:
“I’m currently working with something in England, there are two or three clubs interested.”
“We saw the Newcastle game (vs. Bournemouth) because we were in England.”
“There is nothing concrete yet but I’m sure Miggy will play in the Premier League.”
Almiron is 24 and rated as one of THE best players in the MLS, with him bagging an impressive 13 goals and 13 assists so far this season.
Back to Alan Nixon’s claims that he’s Rafa’s top target and this is not the first time we’ve been linked to this player by this reporter – who first reported our interest Federico Fernandez over the summer.
He mentioned our interest over the summer and claimed just last week that we were in talks with Atlanta United and attempting to negotiate a price – although this deal seems a little over ambitious to many given his links with a big money move to Spurs or Arsenal.
Here’s what Nixon had to say to a NUFC fan on Twitter yesterday when asked for an update on any potential deal:
Unfortunately, I can’t see us A) beating off the competition that will likely be sniffing around for a player of his potential or B) paying the price it would take to sign him – with him almost certain to cost over our current £17m club transfer record.
Miguel Almirón with the absolute screamer of a free kick! https://t.co/ltfJAYLdR9
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) November 11, 2018
We live in hope, but is Ashley really going to spend big this January? Unless things start to look desperate, I really can’t see him budging from his usual buying policy.