Newcastle sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United for club-record fee
Midfielder signs five-and-a-half-year deal at St James' Park
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 01/02/19 6:30am
Miguel Almiron has joined Newcastle from MLS side Atlanta United in a club-record deal.
Sky Sports News understands Newcastle have paid £21m for the midfielder, breaking their previous transfer record - the £16.5m signing of Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005.
Almiron, 24, has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Newcastle and will wear the No 24 shirt.
"I'm very happy and eager to start and to meet my new team mates," Almiron told NUFC TV.
"The league is very competitive, this is a historic club, and Rafa Benitez himself were the main reasons why I am here now.
"I think it is a great responsibility, something beautiful for me, and I will try to offer the best I can to repay the trust the club put in me."
Benitez added: "We were following Miguel Almiron for a while, and we saw a player with some pace in attack, who can play behind the striker. We have someone who can score goals and give assists.
"We know that MLS is a different challenge to the Premier League but he has the potential to do what we are expecting, and what we need.
"I am pleased that the hard work behind the scenes has ended positively and I thank everyone for their efforts."
Lee Charnley, managing director at Newcastle, said: "I'm delighted to bring Miguel to Newcastle United.
"He is a player who Rafa has wanted for a year and I appreciate he has had to wait longer than he would have liked. I would like to thank Rafa for his patience in waiting for a player he has coveted for so long."