Journalist claims NUFC could now seal Miguel Almiron deal – but only on one condition – Report

Four days on from reports that Steve Nickson was off to America to negotiate a deal for Miguel Almiron, the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder now claiming that the MLS star could arrive on Tyneside as early as ‘late December’ – but if only if Ashley sanctions a record breaking bid.

This suggests that he is very much open to a move to St James’ Park, with us clearly keen to get a deal wrapped up in principle before the January window opens, however it seems this may all rest on our ability to FINALLY break our £17m transfer record.

Here’s a snippet from Lee Ryder’s latest transfer ‘exclusive’ in the Chronicle on Sunday:

“Benitez has prioritised the signings of full-back cover and a new winger but there is growing confidence that a striker could also be added to that list.

“The club’s hierarchy have been told in great detail about the exact package it would take to sign Almiron – and if talks between Atlanta and head of recruitment Steve Nickson go well he could even arrive in the North-East in late December.

“However, one fear behind the scenes is whether Mike Ashley will be prepared to break the transfer record to sign the £25million-rated player.

“Ashley has indicated that funds are in the bank for new players in January but how much he will stretch to remains to be seen.”

This really could be massive when it comes to Benitez’s future.

We’ve identified the target, he’d fill a real problem position (with us lacking pace, spark and quality in attacking midfield areas) and he appears to be an in-demand player with genuine talent to shine in the top flight. Rafa clearly wants him and the noises are that he’d be open to the move, so it could now rest on Ashley’s ability to show ambition.

If Ashley sanctions the deal and we break our club record fee with the signing of an exciting new attacker then Rafa’s chances of signing a new contract increase considerably – but failure to spend will just confirm Rafa’s worst fears and seal his fate for me.

Fingers crossed.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

3 thoughts on “Journalist claims NUFC could now seal Miguel Almiron deal – but only on one condition – Report

  1. How many times have nufc done this before?
    How many articles, reports and exclusives only for the player to end up elsewhere, I’d rather here notting about this deal until it was a done deal. Our club sources have the biggest mouths around or there told to spin such lies to local media to keep the fans hopeful of new arrivals. I know which one I believe.


  2. Never going to happen the fat **** will mot sanction the move.
    Ashley has been a total disaster since the club was sold to him.
    Hope he has a heart attack and suffs it.


  3. This is funny – the condition is nothing to do with getting games, salary or even Rafa remaining, it’s to do with Newcastle actually paying the required transfer fee. It’s hardly relevant if its a club record or not.

    But isn’t that a condition of EVERY player signing for EVERY team?


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