Almiron agent eyes improved Newcastle bid
Newcastle United must raise their offer for Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron if they want him in January, according to his agent.
The Toon are understood to have tabled a bid worth in the region of £17million for the 24-year-old, who is at the top of boss Rafael Benitez's wishlist when it comes to bringing in new players in January.
There have been conflicting reports that the Magpies have baulked at the Paraguay international's wage demands, thought to be in the region of £100,000-per-week, but, in an interview with a South American radio station, his agent has said it is the asking price which is the main issue.
Almiron scored 12 times and provided 13 assists as Atlanta United lifted the MLS Cup last season and they are thought to value him at closer to £30million.
The player's representative, Daniel Campos, has indicated Newcastle need to move quickly if they want the midfielder with other clubs also keen.
"There are two to three clubs in England that have interest but we have not advanced much," said Campos.
With Newcastle, I spoke about the player’s salary, but the club needs to raise their offers with Atlanta if they want to get the player.
"If Newcastle raises their offers, they could be one of the clubs (to sign Almiron), but there are other clubs. There are clubs from England, Germany, Italy and Spain that are interested in Miguel Almiron, but we aren’t going to rush things.
"He says he’s relaxed, that he will be travelling to Europe next week and has stated that by the time the 15th comes about, everything will start to heat up and have something done but has also mentioned that they have offers from various clubs to get player in June just in case."
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