West Ham United’s January done deal for Miguel Almiron may not be secured after all, as the Atlanta United star’s agent Daniel Campos confirmed nothing is concrete, via reporting by Sport Witness. Attention, however, must stay in the MLS with a move for DC United’s Luciano Acosta.
At the end of October, Sport Witness reported that Ultima Hora believed West Ham had beaten Arsenal to the signing of Almiron for the sum of £25.7million, as Atlanta looked to fund the transfer of Gonzalo Martinez from River Plate, per TYC Sports.
It was said the MLS franchise were close an agreement with the Hammers on a deal for the attacking midfielder, valued by TransferMarkt at £9million, as the east London club made inroads into getting cover for Andriy Yarmolenko following the winger’s potentially season-ending achilles tendon rupture.
Almiron’s agent’s recent reveal calmed the urgency of a move, though, but kept the fire alive by stating: “I’m working towards England, where for Miguel Almiron there’s two or three interested clubs.”
Adding: “There’s nothing concrete, but I’m sure that Almiron will play in the Premier League.”
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Atlanta’s 24-year-old has helped his side reach the MLS Cup conference finals against New York Red Bulls with 13 goals and 11 assists in 34 games, including netting against New York City FC in last Sunday’s semi-final win.
Should the Paraguayan not be on his way to the London Stadium, Manuel Pellegrini must keep his attention for a new recruit in the MLS and target DC United’s Acosta.
Acosta, like Almiron, is 24 and has contributed highly during the 2018 season with 10 goals and 15 assists in his 34 games.
Across the Argentinean’s 2845 minutes on the pitch, the 5ft 3in attacking midfielder, who has also filled in at central and left midfield positions, contributed a key pass every 45.9 minutes, a record only Grady Diangana, Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass can hold a candle to in east London, per WhoScored.
The adaptability the Boca Juniors product has shown in America would be the perfect addition for Pellegrini given how problematic the centre of his side has been.
Injuries to Jack Wilshere, Pedro Obiang, Carlos Sanchez and Manuel Lanzini have ripped through the Chilean’s roster begging for a fresh face in January to aid Declan Rice and Mark Noble.