According to the Chronicle, Miguel Almiron is a target for Newcastle United.

The playmaker’s agent watched on as the Magpies beat Bournemouth last week, moving up to 14th in the table.

A few weeks ago, a move for Almiron looked totally unrealistic. He was linked with both Arsenal and West Ham, two sides much better positioned than Newcastle.

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But now the rumours have a bit more weight behind them. Could the Atlanta United star really be heading to the North East?

Almiron arrival could sway Benitez

The January transfer window is going to be crucial for Newcastle’s future.

Not only could it dictate whether or not they avoid relegation, but it may dictate Rafa Benitez’s future.

It is well known that the Spaniard’s contract ends in the summer. The Chronicle have reported that he does want to stay at the club, but needs reassurances from the board.

Issues with the training ground and the club’s academy need to be addressed, but one of the more visible issues is the lack of investment.

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Benitez needs reassurance that he will be backed as manager, so that he can maximise the potential of the club.

And signing Almiron would be a real step in the right direction. The 24-year-old likely won’t be cheap, and the Magpies may have to compete with richer teams to get their man.

But the Paraguayan has proven in the MLS that he can be the attacking midfielder Newcastle need. He has scored 18 goals over the past two seasons.

Signing Almiron would send a message to Benitez that he will be backed, and could ultimately lead to him signing a new deal.

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