Newcastle United have not put in an offer for Atlanta playmaker Miguel Almiron during the January transfer window, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
They report that the Magpies saw a bid turned down by the MLS club in December but have not offered a fresh deal since the winter window actually opened.
Almiron was supposedly high up on Newcastle’s January wishlist when the month began but there have been no incomings thus far and reportedly no movement between them and the club they wish to prize Almiron away from.
It always represented a risk for Newcastle to make it so clear that they were so keen on Almiron to haul them away from danger in the second half of the season, but that boldness could at least be seen as an indication of their desire to do business this month.
But the stalling that has apparently occurred in the first half of the window paints a familiar tale for Newcastle fans, of transfer bungling and sustained underinvestment, which stems from Mike Ashley.
Almiron may end up being expensive but relegation would certainly be a lot more costly and it is the prolonged reluctance to back Rafa Benitez that must rankle the most.