Newcastle United have moved into pole position to sign West Ham target Miguel Almiron, according to The Daily Mail.
The Magpies are desperate to beat West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in this pursuit.
And they have stepped up their chase for the 24-year-old, who is currently at Atlanta United in the United States.
Atlanta United value Almiron at £25m, meaning it would take a sizeable bid to prise him away this January.
But Newcastle do not appear to be put off by this price tag as they are set to hold talks with Almiron’s representatives in the USA this week.
Who is Miguel Almiron?
Almiron has been with Major League Soccer side Atlanta United since December 2016.
Prior to that, he had plied his trade in Paraguay (with Cerro Porteno) and Argentina (Lanus).
The 12-cap Paraguay international is an attacking midfielder who is widely regarded as one of the best players in the MLS.
In 35 games this season, Almiron has weighed in with 12 goals and 14 assists, as well as earning a spot in the MLS team of the season.
Where would he fit in at West Ham?
West Ham are lacking a creative spark in their midfield with Manuel Lanzini out with a long-term injury.
Almiron would be a like-for-like replacement for Lanzini, offering goals, assists and some exciting midfield displays when he plays.
West Ham also hold a trump card: he would be joining fellow Paraguay team-mate Fabian Balbuena at The London stadium.
The concern would be that he is yet to play football outside of the Americas.
The standard of football in the MLS does not compare to the Premier League and he cannot be expected to arrive halfway through a season and immediately adjust to life in England.
At £25m, this would be a gamble and West Ham must decide soon with Newcastle ready to snap him up.