Newcastle blow as Atlanta president laughs off loan for Miguel Almiron

HARRISON, NEW JERSEY- November 29:   Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United during the New York Red Bulls Vs Atlanta United FC MLS Eastern Conference Final second leg at Red Bull Arena on...

Newcastle have been heavily linked with a move for Almiron.

HARRISON, NEW JERSEY- November 29:   Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United during the New York Red Bulls Vs Atlanta United FC MLS Eastern Conference Final second leg at Red Bull Arena on...

Atlanta United president Darren Eales has been quoted by Sky Sports as striking a blow to Newcastle United's reported plans of signing Miguel Almiron on loan until the end of the season.

The Sun had claimed that Newcastle were looking to sign the 24-year-old Paraguay international on a loan-to-buy deal, which would see Almiron move to Tyneside until the end of the season on loan.

Then, The Toon would have the chance to sign Almiron permanently for a fee believed to be in the region of £15million. But Eales has other ideas about Almiron's future.

 

Eales was quoted by Sky as saying that loaning Almiron out would be "laughable" and that they would only consider a serious offer in the January transfer window - with plenty of clubs said to be looking at the playmaker.

"I have seen some laughable things in the press, clearly we are never going to loan one of our players out and we are certainly not going to let them go for the 'chump change' that I have seen in some reports," Eales said.

"If it's a proper, serious offer then it's something we would consider, but not for the laughable figures that I have seen mentioned in the press."

Atlanta United President Darren Eales addresses the crowd following the conclusion of the match between Atlanta United and the Chicago Fire on October 21st, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...

Newcastle desperately need some sort of creativity in their side after scoring just 12 goals in 15 Premier League games this season. 10 points from their last 15, though, has moved them into a much safer 14th place.

Almiron has burst onto the scene after a top season in the MLS, scoring 13 goals and creating 13 more in his 37 league and cup appearances. With the MLS always improving in terms of standard, Almiron's stats are no mean feat.

The pocket-sized assassin has two years remaining on his contract with Atlanta and the newly-founded MLS outfit are certainly under no pressure to sell.

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez during the Premier League Match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on December 5, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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