Newcastle target Miguel Almiron was runner-up in the 2018 Landon Donovan MLS (Major League Soccer) MVP (Most Valuable Player) award.
Miguel was beaten out by his Atlanta team-mate Josef Martinez, who is a striker.
Martinez scored 31 goals this season and beat the record of 27, shared by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic now of the LA Galaxy was third in the MVP voting.
25-year-old Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez
The 25-year-old Venezuelan has played 46 times for his country with 9 goals, and Salomon Rondon knows his International team-mate well.
Josef Martinez stands just short of 5ft 8ins tall, and he used to play for Torino before being loaned to Major League Soccer expansion team Atlanta United back in January 2017.
Atlanta activated the option to buy in his loan contract in March of that year.
In the last two seasons, he has scored 52 goals in 60 games for Atlanta United who play today against Portland Timbers in the MLS Playoff Final in Atlanta.
The kickoff time is 8:00pm Eastern Time.
Almiron and Martinez have played together for two years for Atlanta, so they know how each other play.
Martinez seems to love it at Atlanta and has said he will stay with the club for as long as they want him.
It’s interesting whether the Newcastle scouts while watching Almiron for the last 18 months, have been impressed with Martinez.
Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson is over in Atlanta now trying to negotiate a permanent deal for Miguel Almiron.
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