Magpies complete double swoop; break transfer record by signing Almiron

Newcastle have completed the signing of Miguel Almiron from MLS outfit Atalanta United for a club record £20m. The fee is the highest the Magpies have paid for a player, eclipsing Michael Owen’s long standing £16m record, set in 2005 when they acquired the England striker from Real Madrid.

In another deadline day swoop, the Magpies also completed the signing of Antonio Barreca on loan from AS Monaco till the end of the season.

Mike Ashley has often been criticised in the past for not making enough funds available to purchase new players, with many long suffering fans often wishing for better support for Rafa Benitez. The Magpies stunned Man City 2-1 at home a few days ago, leading many to say that they would be challenging for an European spot if Benitez had the same level of backing as some of the other teams in the bottom half of the table.

Newcastle are 14th in the league currently and will square off against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Almiron

Thierry Henry MLS Debut Red Bulls

Thierry Henry had two assists to his name in his New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer debut as his side drew 2-2 with Houston Dynamo. Henry set up both of Juan Pablo Angel’s goals as the Bulls took the lead twice in the game, only to squander it on both occasions and end up on the losing side.

Angel’s goals were scored in the 10th and 58th minutes of the game.