Atlanta United breaks MLS Transfer record, Almirón officially signs with Newcastle United

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Almiron joined Atlanta from Lanus in Argentina two years ago and helped his side to the MLS title last year.

Newcastle have also signed left back Antonio Barreca from Monaco on loan until the end of the season with the option to buy.

Atlanta have been playing hard-ball on the fee, which it is understood could rival the club record £16million Newcastle paid for Michael Owen in 2005.

The 24-year-old playmaker has been a long-term target for Magpies boss Rafa Benitez, who is known to have been tracking him for a year.

'I think it is a great responsibility, something handsome for me, and I will try to offer the best I can to repay the trust the club put in me'.

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"When we recruited Miguel, we knew he was a fantastically talented player, who could achieve success in Atlanta, develop his game further, and, if he wished, move to a top European League".

Despite pulling off two major scalps on deadline day, it has been claimed that Newcastle are still actively involved in the transfer market in a bid to strengthen their squad. "We have someone who can score goals and give assists", Benitez told the Newcastle website.

Atlanta fans appear to be overwhelmingly supportive of this policy as well and in comments we published earlier, it sounds as though Newcastle United have instantly become the best supported Premier League club in Atlanta. He's one of those players, as a defender, where you think "I've got him" and then he's away and gone in a flash.

"The position is one we've been looking to strengthen for a while and he's an Italy under-21 global who we know has quality, good delivery and is good going forward".

Whilst many clubs look to add extra star quality via signings such as Rooney, Lampard, Beckham and Ibrahimovic.

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