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Newcastle transfer news: Rafa Benitez wants deal for No1 target signed off

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Rafa Benitez has a deal in place to sign Miguel Almiron - but is unsure if Newcastle will sign it off.

The United chief has the Paraguayan attacker, currently playing for Atlanta in the MLS, very high on his target list.

The 24-year-old was reported in the United States on Wednesday night to be ready to agree to a move to Newcastle with a deal close.

The package could be a loan move until the end of the season with Newcastle they paying £15m for his permanent signing.

Benitez wants a tricky No10 to give his side more devil up front, Almiron plays in the MLS cup final this weekend against Portland.

Benitez presents a list of his targets for the two or three key positions he wants strengthening to MD Lee Charnley. It also includes attacking left backs.

Benitez is waiting for firm news on Almiron, with chief scout Steve Nickson in the United States.

Asked specifically about Almiron, Benitez joked: "Which one? I can’t hear you properly. You know I don’t like to talk about players."

He added: "It depends on the presidents or the owners or whatever, but I have been so many years now in football that I know a lot of people and different ways to manage.

“Again, I would say my experience is just carry on doing the same, don't think about, 'Oh, you will have this' or 'You will have that, or 'Maybe you will not have this' or 'You will not have that'."

After gaining a creditable point at Everton, ahead of playing Wolves at the weekend, Benitez said: "What I said before, it's a great success for THIS group of players because everything that has gone on here in the last years and still we are performing, so that is quite positive."

Mike Ashley is unlikely to be able to sell Newcastle before the transfer window opens, with Peter Kenyon still raising investment.

The ex-Manchester United chief, has been granted access to Newcastle's data room of financial statistics to assess the club's value. No bid has been made yet.

That leaved Ashley still calling the shots to help Benitez strengthen his side in January.

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