According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, West Ham have been told to stump up at least £30 million to sign Miguel Almiron. The 24-year-old currently plays his football in the United States with Atlanta United following his move there from Lanus back in 2016, with his impressive attacking form seemingly attracting the interest of some clubs in the Premier League.
Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers, alongside Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United, have reportedly been linked with a move for the £9 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt), while reports recently suggest that it will take at least £30 million to lure the Paraguay international away from the Major League Soccer outfit.
But with that figure highly unlikely to be stumped up by Magpies owner Mike Ashley, the door is very much ajar for West Ham to win the January race for the talented 24-year-old.
Ultimately, it has been 13 years since Newcastle last broke their transfer record, with the £16 million they paid Real Madrid for striker Michael Owen back in 2005 remaining the most they have ever shelled out on a player – this all despite the inflated prices being banded about in the last few years.
And with the trend of spending little continuing in recent times, even under arguably one of the best managers they have had in years in Benitez, it is highly unlikely and almost impossible that Ashley is going to sanction a £30 million deal for Almiron, almost double their current transfer record.
And with that figure likely to price Newcastle out of the race, Pellegrini’s Hammers, who have flexed their financial muscles in recent times, have the chance to lure the Paraguayan to the London Stadium.
Almiron has been making a name for himself in the United States as a result of his impressive performances in the final third of the pitch, be it netting nine times and laying on eight assists last term for Atlanta, or by going better this time round with 13 goals and 13 assists in all competitions.
And at the tender age of 24, it looks as though the attacker has an extremely bright future in the game, and as such could prove to be a huge asset to West Ham boss Pellegrini as he seeks to build a Hammers side capable of reaching the next level in years to come.
Things are beginning to fall into place at the London Stadium given their recent run of fine form, but one still senses that a few additions here and there are needed to help them move closer to the European spots – Almiron’s arrival may do just that.
And with the Hammers not afraid to splash the cash, which pales into stark contrast to the way Ashley is running Newcastle, the door appears to be very much ajar for the East London outfit to win the race for Almiron in the New Year.
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