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Newcastle have deal in place for Almiron but Benitez faces anxious wait

  /  autty

Newcastle have a deal in place to sign Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron - but Rafa Benitez faces an anxious wait to see if the club's hierarchy sanction the move.

Head of recruitment Steve Nickson has been in the US discussing terms with MLS side Atlanta United, and we understand that was a successful trip.

It has left the Magpies at the front of the queue to sign the 24-year-old with an initial loan move followed by a £15million summer transfer thought to be the package in place.

However, Benitez does not yet know if owner Mike Ashley will sign off on the deal, or if takeover talks could complicate the purchase of new players.

Almiron is at the very top of the manager's wishlist for January and he sees him playing in a withdrawn forward's role, a position which has been a problem for Newcastle in recent seasons.

During the 2018 MLS season Almiron scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 32 appearances.

Having commenced his senior career at Cerro Porteno, Almiron joined Lanus before signing for Atlanta United in 2016.