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Newcastle Target Miguel Almiron And Atlanta Reach The MLS Final

Atlanta United had beaten NY Red Bull 3-0 earlier this week in the MLS playoffs (semi-final) but they lost 1-0 last night away from home in the second leg.

But that means they have won the two-legged semi-final by an aggregate score of 3-1 and are through to the final.

That game will be played on December 8th – a week tomorrow – and it seems like Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson could be at that game.

Atlanta United will play the Portland Timbers.

Portland beat Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on aggregate – they won away last night by that score after drawing the first game 0-0.

The Chronicle reported yesterday that Steve Nickson is likely to head to Atlanta next week to start negotiations for Miguel Almiron with his club and his agent.

Almiron (shown above) is also being eyed by some other Premier League clubs like Tottenham and Arsenal.

But it seems Newcastle are moving early to try to get Almiron signed permanently in January.

If the news is accurate, that would be so encouraging if we can get him signed, but he’s likely to cost at least £25M.

That would break our all-time transfer record of £17M when we signed Michael Owen from Real Madrid way back in August 2005.

Let’s hope we can break our transfer record in January.

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Note: Three Newcastle fans are launching an unofficial children’s book – ABC with NUFC – this Friday.
The book is an A-Z of the great and the good of Newcastle United. They’re also launching a competition to win one of five copies of the book.
All you have to do is guess which trumpet playing former midfielder takes the letter Nn?
Here’s where you can try to win a book.

7 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    From previous
    Were you hinting at some sort of trade ?
    Wilson for Ritchie

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Matt’s dad Alex moved from Edinburgh to
    Portsmouth with the RN before Ritchie was
    born and still lives in Gosport
    So it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility
    that a swap could be on .

  • toon22

    Nov 30, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    On average if the guy costs more than 3 million he’s too expensive

    We won’t sign this guy with MA as our owner

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    The blogs answer to Eczema

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 30, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    highlights from the Eastern Conference play-off semi final Atlanta City vs NYC FC.


    Two goals from Josef Martinez including a piledriver from the edge of the box and a very eccentric penalty, plus a lovely free kick from Almiron, but check out the ball for another Almiron chance and see who plays it.

    Are we sure Rafa is actually after Almiron and not his (and Rondon’s international) strike partner.

  • magscar

    Nov 30, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Mattroge – few threads back

    Back in 60 early 70’s a number of clubs did well in good scouting of young players bringing them through and selling on. Before SKY and shirt sales when gates did make a big difference Burnley in particular used to do well with this strategy and to an extent Stoke. Number of clubs simply had to sell well to survive.

    It is difficult nowadays as the top 6 are adept at spotting younger talent and sweeping it up notwithstanding regulations brought in to keep players local until a certain age.

    The sweeping up of so many young players inevitably leads to so may not making it as there are only so many firts team shirts.

    As well as the younger players there are still blossoming plaers only too happy to take up a big club offer and be farmed out on loan and not even get near first team or warm the bench. You have to have self belief to make it but some would do better to stay where they are and develop or take offer from one of other PL clubs and continue to grow reputation there.

    It has always been the case though and I remember SBR saying one of hardest part of jobs was telling young players they weren’t going to get a professional contract. Roeder advised a young Gasciogne when ManU and Spurs were turning his head to give it at least another year with us and mentioned the pitfalls for un-married lads with money in their pocket in the big city easily loosing their way, may be not immediately but I think there was wisdom in that advice which had Gazza followed it it might have been different -who knows

  • hibbit

    Dec 2, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #7



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