According to The Chronicle, Newcastle are keen on MLS star Miguel Almiron but following reports that the Chelsea midfielder is seeking another loan spell away from Stamford Bridge in January as he continues to find minutes hard to come by, Rafa Benitez should turn his attention to Ruben Loftus-Cheek instead.
Well, reports suggest that Almiron is on Benitez’s radar as he looks to strengthen his squad in January in a bid to secure Premier League survival for another year, with an attacking midfielder high up on his wish-list.
Widely regarded as one of the best the States have to offer, the Paraguayan formed a lethal partnership with Josef Martinez as he chalked up 13 goals and 11 assists in 34 league games.
The 25-year-old’s versatility – he is capable of playing all across the midfield – is reportedly what has peaked the Magpies’ interest, but the Spaniard can secure that quality for his side without shelling out in excess of £20m.
Loftus-Cheek is threatening to stagnate at Chelsea. The 22-year-old has to work his socks off for any kind of appreciation from Maurizio Sarri and it now looks like he’s had enough – for now, at least.
With a loan spell at Crystal Palace proving successful in the powerhouse’s development, reports suggest that he is looking to find an escape route in the new year to consolidate his place in Gareth Southgate’s England considerations.
The Eagles will surely be on the phone as they, also, look to clamber further away from the relegation spots, but Newcastle should do whatever they can to bring the number 12 north instead.
Proving that he has an eye for goal in scoring a first career hat-trick versus BATE Borisov in the Europa League this term, the right-footer would complete an attack to be reckoned with at St James’ Park – Salomon Rondon has experienced a timely return to form and the target-man would benefit greatly from a capable attacking midfielder to bounce off of.
Furthermore, the Blues academy graduate is of proven Prem quality – far from what can be said for Almiron, who at the moment stands as an expensive risk, and of course a loan move would appeal more to owner Mike Ashley.
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