West Ham United and Newcastle United are going head-to-head for MLS star Miguel Almiron in January.
West Ham and Newcastle are in need of more creativity for different reasons.
The Hammers have a Premier League-worst injury list which includes losing Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko for the entire season. Meanwhile Jack Wilshere also remains out with ongoing issues with his ankle.
Rafa Benitez simply needs better quality players to keep the Magpies’ upward momentum.
The manager and fans have bemoaned a lack of investment in the summer.
According to TyC Sports in Argentina, MLS runner-up MVP and Atlanta star Almiron looked set to sign for West Ham in January.
‘The best player in Argentina and second best in MLS’
Paraguayan Almiron was hailed the best player in Argentina before his move to MLS and would thrive in the Premier League according to South American football expert Tim Vickery.
Atlanta president Darren Eales has admitted Almiron will be sold if the right offer comes along (Sky Sports) after he helped the club win the MLS Cup.
But could West Ham use star centre back Fabian Balbuena to swing things back in their favour?
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Balbuena was man of the match in West Ham’s fourth straight victory against Fulham last time out.
The result lifted the Hammers to the brink of the top six.
Like Almiron, Balbuena is a key player for Paraguay.
Pellegrini could use the former Corinthians star to help him lure Almiron to London, which in itself is a big carrot in West Ham’s favour.
Next stop Premier League, but where?
With a fully fit squad Almiron might struggle for game time at West Ham given their array of attacking talent.
The playmaker would undoubtedly get more action at Newcastle.
With the MLS season now over Almiron will be well rested and may need time to get up to speed should either club be successful in signing him come January.