Southampton can sign Boufal replacement by hijacking Newcastle’s Almiron move

According to The Guardian journalist Ed Aarons via his official Twitter account on July 19, Newcastle United are interested in signing £20m-rated Atlanta United attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron, and the Magpies’ Premier League rivals Southampton must be watching developments closely.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Aarons says that the Tyneside outfit, along with West Ham United, are keeping tabs on the impressive Paraguay international, who has been in sparkling form for the MLS club.

Both teams are looking to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new season, although it appears Rafa Benitez needs the 24-year-old more than the Irons do given Manuel Pellegrini has already signed Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson this summer.

Should Almiron arrive at St James’ Park in what would be a club-record deal – it seems likely they would need to sell first before a move became a possibility, the South American ace, who has eight goals and 11 assists in 21 league games in 2018, would Llikely be competing with Ayoze Perez for a spot in the starting XI.

Why should Southampton be monitoring the situation?

Well, while Saints have added to their own attacking options with the additions of Stuart Armstrong from Celtic and Mohamed Elyounnoussi from Basel this summer, you can’t help but feel that they need another body – especially if Sofiane Boufal leaves as is expected.

The loss of Dusan Tadic and potentially the Moroccan would leave Mark Hughes, who must be willing to pay a club-record fee to sign an out-of-favour Premier League striker, short of options for a creative player in the role behind a striker, and Almiron has proven in the MLS that he has the quality, ability and pace to make the step up to the Premier League.

While he would break Southampton’s club-record transfer if he is to cost a potential suitor £20m, he would be a huge upgrade on Boufal following an underwhelming spell at St Mary’s, and he would finally create chances galore for Manolo Gabbiadini  something the Italian has been crying out for.