The father of West Ham target Miguel Almiron has confirmed that Newcastle United are in pole position to sign his son, The Chronicle reports.
His father believes that Almiron will end up playing in England, with Newcastle leading the way.
Speaking to the South American media via The Chronicle, Ruben Almiron claims: “He will definitely go to England, what’s left to be decided is to what club but Newcastle is the one with the advantage.”
The chase for Miguel Almiron
Newcastle are not alone in their admiration for Almiron, who currently plays for Atlanta United in the MLS.
The Daily Mail claims that Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham are also keen on the £25m-rated midfield star.
The 25-year-old is a left-footed attacking midfielder who predominantly operates in a central position.
In 37 MLS games this season, Almiron has scored 13 goals and registered 11 assists, according to Who Scored.
With these numbers, it is no surprise to see a host of Premier League clubs lining up for the Paraguay international.
Where would Miguel Almiron fit in at West Ham?
Manuel Pellegrini might see Almiron as a natural like-for-like fill-in for Manuel Lanzini.
Almiron has completed 83 successful dribbles in 37 MLS games for Atlanta United, as per Who Scored, making him a similar style of ball-carrying creative midfielder in Lanzini’s absence.
And judging by his goal and assist stats, Almiron could join a frightening attacking midfield line with Felipe Anderson.
One of the two factors that may swing this in West Ham’s favour is the current league position; the Irons are now 11th while Newcastle are 15th and three points off the drop zone.
And the other selling point for West Ham is Fabian Balbuena; Almiron could team up his colleague from the Paraguayan national team.