According to a recent report from El Intransigente, Newcastle United and West Ham United are the preferred destinations of Miguel Almiron. The 24-year-old currently plays his football in the United States with Atlanta United after moving to the Major League Soccer outfit back in 2016, with the attacker since then proving his worth and delivering the goods to attract interest from the Premier League.
And Rafa Benitez’s Magpies and Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers are two sides, along with Arsenal and Tottenham, who are reportedly keen on the £9 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt), but the man himself is reportedly eyeing up either a move to the North East or East London.
Yet the Paraguay international should forget about linking up with Pellegrini at West Ham, as greater opportunities for game time appear to be with Benitez at St James’ Park.
Ultimately, while the Hammers are going through something of an injury crisis at present, former Manchester City boss Pellegrini has plenty of attacking talent to choose from in the number ten role.
The likes of Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere, both of whom are nearing a return to action, have had prior success in that role, while the fact that Pellegrini hasn’t always played an out-and-out attacking midfielder so far during his time in charge at the London Stadium is unlikely to appeal greatly to Almiron.
Yet opportunities appear to be much more forthcoming under Benitez at Newcastle, what with the Spaniard often utilising a number ten just behind the main striker, with Ayoze Perez often the man for the job.
And while the 25-year-old Spaniard deserves great credit for finishing last season as the club’s top-scorer, one cannot help feel that a more attack-minded and creative number ten is needed to help take the Magpies to the next level – Perez does a job in that position, but part of Newcastle’s offensive struggles lay at his feet.
And that is why not only should Newcastle make a move for Almiron in a bid to strengthen that area of the field, but the 24-year-old himself should opt for St James’ Park – it seems to be the perfect fit.
While game time looks set to be a struggle at West Ham, especially when the hugely influential Lanzini returns to action, there is certainly a chance that the Paraguay international can get into Benitez’s side ahead of Perez – his record for Atlanta, scoring 22 goals and laying on 21 assists in 69 games, suggests he is the sort of attacking upgrade the club need.
So while a move to East London may appeal to Almiron, he should forget about the Hammers and instead seek to link up with Benitez at Newcastle.
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