THE £21m weight of expectation won’t affect Miguel Almiron.

Newcastle United’s new record buy is in line for his debut in Monday’s game at Wolves, when the Magpies could be back in the Premier League drop zone.

But the Paraguay international, signed from Atlanta United in the MLS, isn’t interested in anything going on around him, his focus is on what he can do for the team in the remaining 13 games of the season.

“I see this as an honour to be Newcastle’s record signing but I try not to pay too much attention to,’’ he said as he was unveiled to the media at St James’ Park yesterday. “It’s secondary to why I am here – I am here to bring something to the squad. My main aim is to settle in and get to know my teammates.

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Newcastle United's new signing Miguel Almiron. Picture: PA

"In terms of the pressure and pricetag, I don't pay too much attention to that - my focus is to learn from the manager and team-mates. As for being a target, I'm aware it's a physical league, and that's something I can prepare for in training.’’

Rafa Benitez’s protracted chase for the 24-year-old finally paid off last week when his signature was confirmed.

It was a long saga for the manager, eventually convincing owner Mike Ashley and the club hierarchy to break their long-standing transfer record.

While there was crowds galore and a ceremonial feel to the last two transfer records being broken – Alan Shearer in 1995 and Michael Owen a decade later – their was more of a low-key feel to this one.

There was no stands full of fans to greet his arrival and a lack of fanfare.

Almiron, speaking through a translator, was happy to be in the background, but is satisfied a move to the North-East is the right decision after taking advice from the only other Paraguayan to appear for the Magpies.

"I spoke to my team-mates my advisors and my agent they came over here in advance had a look at the city and sent back good reports, same from team-mates at Atlanta and those reports have been proved true as I've had a warm welcome since I arrived here,’’ he said.

“I learned of Newcastle’s interest probably at the end of November towards the end of the MLS season I took it lightly didn't want to get caught up in it. I spoke to Diego Gavilan we wrote to each other and he indicated it is an opportunity you shouldn't turn down and you should go for it.

“It’s great to be here. I’ve been trying to settle in as quickly as possible and getting the formalities over with my visa.

“I’ve only been able to train by myself and with a couple of teammates, but now it’s about integrating with my new teammates and the squad as quickly as possible.

“I feel good physically and I am in good shape because our ore-season in Atlanta has already started and I have been able to get some work done in pre-season.’’

While Almiron has signed a five and a half year contract, his manager’s deal is due to expire in a matter of months.

But will manager and player be working together for long? "It's not a topic we've discussed, the only things I've spoken to him about is me feeling comfortable and settling in quickly so I can bring something to the side.

"I know the situation of the team in the Premier League, but It's not something we're think about at the minute, it's about focusing on the positives, we're focused together and that will help me to bring what I can to the party.’’

He added: “I am looking forward to the experience of settling in here, my family, partner, parents and friends will be over to see me. I have seen parts of the city and I am looking forward to seeing more of it and I am sure I will enjoy it.

“I always set myself targets privately and I have short and long-term targets. I want to short term settle in as quickly as possible and longer term to do well with my teammates in the future.

“And achieve important things with them and the club.’’