West Ham United and Newcastle United have been heavily linked with a January move for MLS star Miguel Almiron.
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 help his side push up the table.
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.
South American expert reveals who is winning the race for star
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 according to Vickery on talkSPORT Newcastle and not West Ham are the new hot favourites for Almiron’s signature.
“Miguel Almiron has just been a star turn for Atlanta and is now surely on his way to Newcastle,” Vickery told talkSPORT.
“Atlanta have already brought in a replacement with Almiron coming over to Newcastle and there’s a real player there.
“If I look into the future of Newcastle United, what I love about Almiron is the pace and the left foot and over the last few years he’s added more goals to his game.
‘He is a smashing young player’
“His decision making in the last third perhaps could be improved a little bit. But he’s scoring more goals, great pace and the left foot is a terrific combination. He’s the right age as well. He’s coming up 25 so he’s not going to leave it any longer (for his big move).
“It was quite a surprise move from being the best player in Argentine football to MLS but so far it seems to have worked out and I hope it comes off for the sake of the Premier League and Almiron who I think is a smashing young player.”
Almiron will be quite the coup for the Magpies if Vickery is right.
And it is a big blow for the Hammers if they miss out on him.
The midfielder has notched 22 goals and 29 assists in MLS over the last two seasons.