After a season with the chaotic reign of Mike Ashley taking centre stage while the team struggled in the Premier League. The Magpies will pay a fee of £20m, smashing their £16m club transfer record set when they signed Michael Owen moved to St James’ Park from Real Madrid in 2005.
Almiron scored 13 goals as Atlanta United landed their maiden MLS Cup in the franchise’s second season in the league.
With manager Rafa Benitez raising the prospect of his own departure should the club fail to invest in the squad, a fuse was lit under the club’s hierarchy and they reacted quickly to dampen fan anger.
A deal to sign Jordan Lukaku fell apart this weekend but the Almiron transfer has been a rollercoaster ride from the off. The 24-year-old is en route to Tyneside to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms.
Those events seemed unlikely a month ago when there was plenty of interest in the Paraguayan and the Magpies initial offer to the MLS franchise was well below their valuation of the player.