Newcastle Reported Interested In Argentine Striker

There is news today in Italy that Newcastle United are interested in Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra, and the news is being reported by the news outlet Tutto Mercato.

Facundo Ferreyra

Facundo Ferreyra – 23 year-old Argentine U20 striker

The 23 year-old Argentine striker wants to leave the Ukrainian Premier League club, which is based in Donetsk, and it’s because of the fighting going on with pro-Russian rebels in the area – and that’s not surprising.

A number of the Shakhtar Donetsk players have refused to return to pre-season training because of the risk it entails – given there is (almost) a civil war going on in eastern Ukraine.

The recent news is that Russian troops are gathering on the Russian border with Ukraine, and heavy arms are being transported to the pro-Russian rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The club has moved their training base to Kyiv, and they will play their matches now in Lviv, which is over 600 miles from Donetsk, but this situation is hardly ideal for their players.

Ferreyra stands around 6′ 2¨ tall and he has played 12 times for the Argentine U20 side with 5 goals, and his previous clubs include Banfield and Velez Sarsfield, both of which are based in the Buenos Aries area of Argentina.

Ferreyra moved to the Ukraine only last summer, and he has a contract which still has four years to run, and last season he played 22 times for Shakhtar with 6 goals and 2 assists.

While at Banfield he played 56 games with 14 goals and 5 assists, and at Velez Sarsfield he scored 17 goals in 25 total appearances, before moving to the Ukraine.

The striker is valued at around £4M, but having not seen him play, we don’t know if he is good enough for Newcastle.

What do you think?

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125 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 26, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    If we don’t buy a prolific forward – which we probably are not going to – I would like to see us use de Jong as a false #9 and have Gouf or Rivere slotting in from wide. A classic #8 and #6 in the middle (Sissoko and Tiote) and att. fullbacks (one at the time of course)

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 26, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Can he even get a work permit? There is a reason why so many players (beside money) moves to the Ukraine or Russia!

  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #3

    We seem to have a buddy system for the French , the Dutch and the Geordies. Not a bad strategy – keeps the players happy. A buddy for Colo – why not.

  • toon kk

    Jul 26, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Mashleys spent enough to get fans rushing to renew season tickets.
    Let’s hope we don’t get to many injuries or we’ll struggle again next season.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    We were linked with Facundo before he went to Shakhtar.

    Dual citizenship.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #6

    At least according to transfermarkt.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Headbanger from the Howlett Hall – Bony spotted in Newcastle —Duuuuuuuhhhhhhhhh.
    Really was he with Lewis Holtby, Joel Campbell and Louis Zaha.
    (just reminding you of your predictions of signings before the end of July). You are a tool and a knacker, nay Sir, a complete tool and useless knacker trying to wind people up.
    Clearly you know nowt about the Toon – please be kind to other Toon fans and change your game to ladies rugby or ladies wrestling. You’ll probably know more about those sports than football.

  • Ethiotoon

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Luis Muriel from udinese would be wonderful signing. big,strong,young,good in the air as well as foot.I don’t think anyone is after him,so would be an ideal

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Sazzer…is he Italian as well?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Senor Tuff…or synchronized swimming 🙂

  • jazzyp

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Not for me sorry. Not the prolific forward we are after

    Just a little abit of info for ya pal before jumping on the fans delusional buying season tickets bollox.
    The season ticket quoter for milburn paddock both blocks and platinum club as well as the east stand was the same as the year before

  • Toon Tang

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh my lord how Southampton have milked every last drop from the udder. The owners of that gaff must be buzzing their tits off . 90 mil for a load of youths they brought through for nowt. That’s how you run tings eh.

    I bet they’ve got a load more ready to drop off the production line for next season as well.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Yes italian passport.

  • davetoon

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #14

    I think Gouffran deserves a chance to play up front. He has an ok record playing on the left and he scored 22 from 54 league 1 appearances in France in his last 2 seasons

  • Mr Magpie

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #15

    If Ashley wouldn’t pay £12 million for bony, doubt he’s gonna pay even more for him now!
    If he had been seen sure someone would have a photo….it’s bullshit!!!

  • Sazzer

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #16

    He reminds me of Diego Milito.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17


    Did Luis Muriel play for Colombia in the World Cup?

  • pedro

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Chucky Ferreyra is a top player. I saw him a lot here when he was at Banfield and Vélez. Not really sure how he was getting on in Ukraine but if the problems there mean we could pick him up for cheap I would be very pleased. With Guti on his way we need more Argentines!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Got love South America and all their dual passports for football players 😉

  • Mr Magpie

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #20

    ian toon@17
    in the 30 man squad but not picked as one of the 23. Not had a great season last season, think he scored 4 goals!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #21


  • jazzyp

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Do you think we can take a chance on bringing in another forward that is unproven and is not exactly a prolific at that.
    We have already taken a chance on potential in the form of Riviere and for me We need an out and out forward that is proven in the PL. Unfortunately there are very few about and time is fast running out

  • Ethiotoon

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Ian Toon
    No I don’t think so.The reason he scored 4 goals or sth is bcoz udinese had bad season like us in 12/13.
    but he truly is very good player and one for the future.
    Wish we had signed Gomis..

  • Sazzer

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #24

    A lot of potential in Muriel. I can’t see us go for him after we signed a similar player in Riviere.

  • pedro

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #25

    In an ideal world I agree, someone who is a proven Premier League goalscorer would be ideal. However, most, if not all players who fall into that category (Lukaku, Benteke etc) are well out of Ashley’s financial plan.
    This leaves us with the more risky strategy of buying somewhat unknowns at this level but for cheap.
    Ferreyra is a goal scorer but it would really depend on how much he is available for. I think Shakhtar paid around €7 million and he signed a long deal until 2018 so I am guessing it would be some way north of that price. In that event, it will probably be too much for Ashley.
    That said, I think he was a player we possibly scouted before his move to Ukraine.

  • 123 Dummet Time

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #26


  • Mr Magpie

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #27

    If we are looking for cheaper option, does anybody know how much Senagalese striker Kouma Babacar would cost?
    Decent season at Modena on loan from Fiorentina with 20 goals. He is only 21 & i think his contract only has a year left, so perfect for ashley.
    Unproven i know but if spending the big money on a proven striker is out he could be an option?

  • toonking

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #28

    i haven’t seen any of the friendlies but going of all the comments being said today, i think our midfield is now clear.


    the issue now is getting ourselves the striker we know will score 15-20 goals per season and also a decent and tall CB.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 26, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Facundo may well represent value for money but I still feel this is a big risk taking a chance on another player that again was not prolific, In the Russian league at that.
    6 goals in 22 is the sort of form that Cisse has been maintaining over the last couple of year, And we have been hammering this guy for that.
    He may offer potential but I genuinely disagree that he would be the right player for us. We already have this sort of player in abundance in the form of Riviere….Cisse…..Arma so I just don’t see him adding anything new to what we already have

  • Sazzer

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #30

    This link with Facundo is easy to make up. We were linked before and the player now looks for new club. That’s more or less an instant link.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #31

    “We have pitched in and signed players that we think give us a chance to push for Champions League.

    We have already shown we are much better covered offensively than we were after Yohan Cabaye’s departure.”

    Alan Pardew made the headlines again yesterday reiterating his belief that Newcastle are well-placed to challenge for the Top 4.

    It is a ambitious message that has been taken on board by the new charges the club have signed – six so far – in the summer transfer window.

    At the start of July, Siem De Jong, who had just swapped the Ajax Captaincy and Champions League football for a starring role at St James’ Park, revealed the aim of his new club as he understood it:

    “I think we’re aiming for fourth and trying to be in the Champions League,” De Jong told BBC Newcastle. “I think that is a nice goal, a tough goal, but one we’re trying to aim for.”

    Netherlands international right-back Daryl Janmaat fresh from The World Cup echoed these ambitions saying he had no regrets trading the chance of Champions League football with Feyenoord for Tyneside:

    “Newcastle is much bigger than Feyenoord,” he said. “Feyenoord are a big club but the league is not as big as the Premier League.
    “It excites me of course. It’s one of the best leagues in Europe and everyone wants to play in it.
    “First I want to play as much as possible and maybe European football in the future would be fantastic.”

    Former Monaco striker Emanuelle Riviere sang from the team’s hymnsheet:

    “I want to work hard and improve my game while I’m here, I want to play Champions League and Newcastle have bought a lot of players so you can see the ambition.”

    That the club are aiming for Champions League qualification is a mantra drummed into the new signings and is especially significant considering last year’s aim was to finish in the Top 10 and, yes, Newcastle finished in 10th spot.

    Four More Players Needed

    Optimism and ambition are great but to oust one of the teams that finished 4th last season and a Man United side desperate to get back into The Champions League will take a Herculean effort and more quality players are required to bridge the gap from 10th to 4th.

    Pardew spoke of the club’s increased ‘options’ yesterday:

    “We have options, more options to come in and it is going to strengthen my hand to tactically change the team.”

    If by options ‘to come in’ ,he means signings they must include four top-class players in the following positions to both boost tactical options and to cover unforeseen long-term injuries like Hatem Ben Arfa’s broken leg just 3 games into his Newcastle career in 2010-11, an injury from which he has never fully recovered.

    Leaving no stone unturned in the transfer market to achieve their Champions League dream, the club should buy these players or their equivalent

  • ballerfan2

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Just a thought but would Joe Harvey have entertained the idea of having Anita and Muriel in one of his teams?

  • Belfast

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Looks like the new players will be in for a shock then lol

    They spun the same champions league nonsense to Cabaye and Debuchy as well.

  • Lost Plot

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Get him in .. He ain’t gonna be on a massive salary .. He’s been playing in tough league that sorts the men from the boys (so he gonna have the legs of a rugby player)
    Put him on a bonus scheme for performance n play .. Everyone’s a winner 🙂

    PS: I don’t think we gonna see the best performances during the friendly period as the Best gonna be needed against our opening game!

    Hopefully the Real Sociad game will prove a fair bit of flair before we really set out .. Plus we’ll be there 🙂

  • Sazzer

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s an interesting player. I do think he would offer something different from Riviere and Cisse.

    I wouldn’t be suprised if this would turn into a loan deal.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Le Parisien: Bordeaux continue to negotiate with Newcastle over a loan for Mapou Yanga Mbiwa. Edging closer, they say. #FCGB #NUFC

  • Sazzer

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Those new options coming in must be bloody fantastic if the rest of it are going to make any sense.

  • low fell mag

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Toon kk, so what if the fans are turning up to buy season tickets .
    That’s what supporters do you clown .
    They support their team ,and a very fine team we have!

  • tooned in

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Long time no speak… lots of listening guys and i realy feel the slightly more positive vibe on here!

    Looking at the squad ATM it looks pretty good

    Krul/ Elliot


    Tiote / Anita –Colback/Mehdi

    Sisoko/ Gouffy Cabella/Rolands
    SDJ / Vukic

    Riveira / Cisse

    Plus Youngsters to Keep – Armstrong, Dummett, Satko
    Loan out the rest or sell if possible…

    Do feel that this squad is short of 2 class players, one striker and one Central defender. But still better than our squad last year….. we also looked good in the two warm ups moving and passing better than we did all last year – maybe that was just the jetlag !!!! 🙂

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Callum Chambers to Arsenal for 16 million. WOW.

    Southampton completely dismantled. i wonder how the fans are feeling. goodness, but their budget must be at about 100 million now.


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