Miguel Almiron unfazed by Newcastle price-tag


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Miguel Almiron insists he will not be fazed after becoming Newcastle’s club-record
signing on deadline day.

The Paraguay international has moved to St James’ Park from Atlanta United for a reported £21million, smashing the club’s previous transfer record which was set back in 2005 when Michael Owen arrived on Tyneside from Real Madrid.

Almiron has joined Newcastle off the back of helping Atlanta win the MLS Cup and he admits he is looking forward to playing in the Premier League, but he does not feel any extra pressure despite the magnitude of his transfer fee.

“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.”

The 24-year-old was not the only new arrival at St James’ Park on deadline day, as Italian full-back Antonio Barreca joined on loan for the rest of the season from Monaco.

Both players will now be hoping to make their Newcastle debuts when the Magpies travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham on Saturday.

Newcastle are priced at 8.00 to secure what would be a third successive Premier League win, while Spurs are available at 1.44 and the draw is on offer at 4.33.

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