Newcastle close to record deal

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Newcastle are on the verge of breaking their 14-year-old transfer record with a £17million swoop for Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron.

The Paraguay international, who helped his club win the MLS title last season, is flying into Tyneside tonight to discuss personal terms and have a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee.

He is set to become the costliest player in Newcastle’s history, beating the £16m the club paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen in 2005.

Newcastle are also closing in on a deal to sign Benifica midfielder Andreas Samaris on loan for the rest of the season.

And there could be a third new recruit with Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca understood to be Newcastle-bound.

Barreca was on the Toon’s hitlist this month but interest cooled when the club moved in for Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku.

However when the Belgium defender’s move collapsed last Friday, Newcastle got back in touch with Barreca’s representatives to revive the deal.

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