Newcastle United are reportedly ready to press ahead in their pursuit of Miguel Almiron.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, Newcastle will meet Almiron’s representatives in the United States this week in a bid to win the race for his signature.
The Magpies are rivalling Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United for the 24-year-old.
But they hope to steal a march on their competitors by commencing talks over this deal in the next few days.
Atlanta United, who play in the MLS, want £25m for Almiron and that is a steep price to pay for Newcastle.
Mike Ashley is notorious for keeping a close eye on the purse-strings at St James’ Park but Almiron could become a record signing.
But where would the Paraguay international fit in at Newcastle if he joined in January?
Almiron is a left-footed attacking midfielder, who predominantly features in a central position.
In a conventional central midfield role, Almiron would need to play alongside a more defensive-minded player like Mo Diame or Isaac Hayden.
Newcastle may be vulnerable defensively if the Paraguayan midfielder lines up alongside Ki Sung-yueng or Jonjo Shelvey.
Alternatively, Almiron could feature as a central attacking midfielder, occupying the number 10 role behind Salomon Rondon.
This would be a better use of his talents and Newcastle fans will hope that his end product is better than Ayoze Perez’s.