Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter delightedly after the Magpies confirmed a club-record deal to sign Paraguay star Miguel Almiron from Major League Soccer champions Atlanta United, for a reported fee of around £20m according to the BBC.
The Tyneside-based club’s transfer record hasn’t been broken since they signed Michael Owen from Real Madrid for £16m back in 2005, so Almiron’s arrival has ended a 14-year long wait to see that figure smashed whilst their rivals break records left, right and centre.
24-year-old Almiron scored 13 goals and recorded 13 assists last season as Atlanta won the MLS Cup (via the Magpies’ official site), and he arrives on a five-and-a-half year deal that will be sure to lift spirits around St James’ Park.
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The Paraguay international becomes the Magpies’ second signing of the winter transfer window, following the arrival of Antonio Barecca on a six-month loan deal from Monaco.
Understandably, however, Newcastle fans are more excited about the capture of Almiron if their reactions on Twitter are anything to go by…
We are delighted to announce the signing of forward Miguel Almirón from @ATLUTD.
The 24-year-old has penned a five-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him at St. James’ Park until June 2024.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2019
Woohoo! Welcome mate!??
— Evgeny Kolobrodov (@Jason_Mag) January 31, 2019
— Dan Curry (@dan_curry94) January 31, 2019
Finally that waste of space Michael Owen isn't our Record Transfer Fee – Welcome to NUFC Almiron ⚽️ https://t.co/zl2LvTUrhm
— Michael Hill ? (@Mike85Hill) January 31, 2019
Canny Signing! Welcome Miggy.
— Alex Maxwell (@MaxwellA98) January 31, 2019
— Kris Waterson (@Kriswaterson) January 31, 2019
For me, I am happy to see that Rafa got his man again, alongside Rondon at the start of the season & this week has been one of the best weeks that NUFC have had in a long time. I am hoping that signing Almiron has mended some fences between Rafa & the board anyway.
— James (@James9_NUFC) January 31, 2019
— Fletty (@Steveyflett) January 31, 2019
— SM ⚫️⚪️ (@DivineDummett) January 31, 2019