Everton mobilise to sign divisive Newcastle forward who is available on one condition

Newcastle forwards Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron

Everton are plotting a move to sign Miguel Almiron who has split opinion in the north east, and what could twist Newcastle’s arm has been detailed.

The Paraguay international, 28, arrived in the winter window of 2019 for around £21m. The ex-MLS stand-out arrived with a big reputation having excelled in America with Atlanta United.

Indeed, Almiron was named in the MLS best XI in both 2017 and 2018. He was also voted Paraguay’s footballer of the year both of those years.

Almiron has not lacked for effort since moving to St. James’ Park. Indeed, he is a favourite of manager Eddie Howe for the tireless displays he produces week in week out.

However, a lack of end product has blighted much of his time in Newcastle colours, with 126 appearances producing just 15 goals and five assists.

Regardless, according to the Guardian, Everton like what they’ve seen.

Their reporter, Ed Aarons, tweeted Everton are ‘showing interest in Miguel Almiron’.

Almiron exit hinges on one condition

Newcastle obviously do not need the money, though per Aarons, they may yet entertain a sale on one condition.

He added Newcastle will only allow Almiron to leave if it is a permanent exit.

That rules out the loan route, with Newcastle likely to re-invest the money from a sale if Almiron does depart.

The Magpies have spent wisely since their Saudi takeover and generating decent fees from player sales will be vital to ensuring they don’t fall foul of Financial Fair Play in the coming years.

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Almiron notched his first goal of the season on Sunday when scoring in the 3-3 draw with Man City.

Speaking about his energetic forward, manager Eddie Howe hailed Almiron as being “magnificent”.

“I think he’s carried on his pre-season form into the season,” Howe said (via the Sun). “I think the three games he’s had he’s been magnificent for us. On and off the ball I think he’s been very, very solid.

“I’m so pleased he got his goal today and what a gesture from the supporters. They’re very understanding, very knowledgeable, very caring towards the players.

“That will have been a lovely touch for Miggy. It was really appreciated and it was great to see him get the goal with that acknowledgement from the fans.”

No outlet has yet speculated as to what price Newcastle value Almiron at. But given he is now 28 and his contract has less than two years to run, logic would dictate he’s worth less than the £21m Newcastle paid in 2019.