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It is thought that the Paraguayan has been on the top of manager Rafael Bentiez's wishlist as he looks to add more Premier League quality options to his squad. Negotiations for Almiron began six weeks ago, with Benitez reportedly eyeing a creative midfielder more suited to Premier League life than Ayoze Perez - who has failed to find consistent form since the Magpies returned to the top flight 18 months ago. It is unclear yet whether or not Mike Ashley would be willing to sanction any improved offer for the Paraguayan international, who has also attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur, but the clock is ticking ever faster. It remains to be seen if these deals can get over the line before the deadline on January 31st, or whether either or both of these positions being reinforced would go any way to relieving some of the anger directed toward Mike Ashley, whose team sit just two points clear of the relegation zone going into their FA Cup fourth round tie with Watford on Saturday.