In sensational twist, could Pardew dent Newcastle's Almiron hopes?
Alan Pardew could be set for a managerial gig in the United States, according to recent reports.
According to The Mirror’s Live Blog [13th December, 04:22AM], Atlanta United are lining Pardew up as a replacement for Gerardo Martino.
After leading Atlanta to MLS Cup victory, Martino has left to become the Mexico national team manager.
Pardew could now land the job as the new manager of Atlanta.
But in a sensational twist in this transfer saga, that could mean Pardew has the final say in Miguel Almiron’s future.
According to The Daily Mail, Newcastle are very keen on £25m-rated midfielder Almiron.
The 25-year-old scored 13 goals and added 11 assists in 37 MLS games, making him a man in demand.
As per the report, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham also want the attacking midfielder.
But with Pardew possibly taking the job at Atlanta, he could have the final say on Almiron’s future.
Two of Pardew’s former clubs are interested in the Paraguay international – West Ham and Newcastle.
But the 57-year-old is unpopular with Newcastle fans after signing an eight-year contract before forcing a move to Crystal Palace two years later.
Almiron probably remains a key Newcastle target but it will be interesting to see whether Mike Ashley coughs up the money and Pardew sanctions the deal.