Newcastle sign defender Antonio Barreca on loan from Monaco

Reports: Atlanta United, Newcastle Agree on Miguel Almiron Transfer

Newcastle United close to club record deal for Miguel Almiron

Fellow deadline day arrival Antonio Barreca is available after joining on loan from Monaco.

Rafael Benitez believes the January transfer window should be reduced to 15 days in order to avoid "distractions" from football.

Newcastle United are set to break their transfer record by signing Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron from Major League Soccer side Atlanta United, according to British media reports. I think we have balance, and we are in a better position now.

Rafa Benitez says Newcastle United need Miguel Almiron "right now" - but he's not expecting too much, too soon. "We have different kinds of players that we didn't have".

"Balance is the key". That is key, we have to stay calm.

Ashley is planning for the future on the assumption he will remain as owner after takeover talks collapsed.

As for his two new signings, Almiron is ineligible for Saturday's game at Wembley as he awaits his work visa but Barreca is in contention to play some part.

Benitez, however, is convinced he can transform his side and help them pull away from the drop zone.

Almiron, an attacking midfielder, has been earmarked as a No 10 by Benitez. I always use a crucial word - balance. We have someone who can score goals and give assists.

"He has the attributes, he has the quality and he has the characteristics that we look for".

Instead, the Toon boss is likely to start the same XI that achieved a shock victory over defending champions Manchester City last time out.

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"The players come with a real desire to do well and with these two players, it means the other players have to compete".

Newcastle are embroiled in a relegation scrap as Almiron arrives, in 14th place after 24 matches of their 38-game season.

'I am quite pragmatic and I am happier now than one week ago. Why?

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