Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
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Almiron honoured to be Newcastle's record signing

Almiron honoured to be Newcastle's record signing

Miguel Almiron became the first player to surpass Owen's £16 million move from Real Madrid when he arrived from Atlanta United on January transfer deadline day for £21 million.

He was one of only six players to record double figures for both goals and assists (11) in the MLS in 2018.

"I think for some time now the MLS has been improving", Almiron said in an interview posted on Newcastle's social media channels.

The £16m the Magpies paid to secure Owen's signing in 2005 stood as their highest ever spend on a single player for over 13 years, with the club refusing to follow the trend of rapid inflation that saw many of their top-flight counterparts dwarf the fee in the years that followed.

Almiron, who has 13 caps, scored 13 goals and provided 13 assists to help Atlanta beat Portland Timbers to lift the MLS Cup on December 9 for the first major silverware in the club's short history but he has not played a competitive game since then.

"I am a player who tries to get my team playing around me and to help those team-mates each game too". I have put some decent work in in training with my team-mates and I feel good in myself.

"I think it'll be absolutely great", he said.

"I've felt the support, kindness and good feelings already. I want to bring something".

Almiron will be expected to help lift Newcastle away from the Premier League relegation zone - they are just two points above 18th-placed Cardiff - but the 24-year-old is unfazed.

Almiron joins Newcastle with the side sitting 15th in the Premier League, boosted by back-to-back home wins over Cardiff and champions Manchester City.

"It's down to the manager (Rafa Benitez), and how he perceives the situation, as to whether I'll be ready on Monday, but certainly I feel ready and I'm keen to take part", Almiron told a news conference at St. James' Park on Thursday. "I really can't wait for the moment when I can turn out for the side here at home".

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