After a quiet month at Newcastle United, it seems to have all burst into life in the closing stages of the January transfer window.
Among the potential arrivals at St James’ Park before tomorrow’s deadline is Miguel Almiron.
BBC Sport are reporting that Newcastle are set to smash their club record transfer fee to land the 24-year-old from Atlanta United.
The Paraguay international chalked up an impressive tally of 13 goals and 11 assists in the MLS last season (as per Who Scored).
And he looks set to add some much-needed creativity to the Magpies’ ranks as they continue their charge away from the relegation zone.
Almiron’s arrival could also allow Jacob Murphy to leave on loan until the end of the season, which he desperately needs to do.
Although Almiron does not play out wide, his arrival bolsters Rafa Benitez’s attacking midfield options and pushes Murphy down the pecking order.
Championship sides Middlesbrough and West Brom are ready to sign the 23-year-old on loan, according to Teeside Live.
And this move is exactly what Murphy needs. In order to save his Newcastle future, he needs to get playing time under his belt and rediscover his best form.
There is still hope that Murphy can make the grade at Newcastle, especially if he impresses out on loan and regains his confidence.
But a temporary exit is necessary and Almiron’s arrival makes that possible. This would be the perfect end to Newcastle’s January window.