While Clement Grenier did not show up for training today at Lyon, it could be that it is not Newcastle who are close to a deal for the French playmaker, but maybe AC Milan, who are also reported to be talking to the player.
23 year-old Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra
It will be a coup if Newcastle do sign Grenier, but the 23 year-old has always insisted this summer that he wanted to join a Champions League club – so we’ll have to wait and see – with Newcastle certainly trying to get a deal done.
But there is some good news coming out of Italy tonight, and it’s regarding 23 year-old Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra, who wants to leave the Donetsk club because of the fighting going on near the club’s base.
The reports coming out of Italy are that Newcastle United are in the lead to sign the Argentine U20 player on loan for next season.
The season long loan deals usually have a clause in them that allows the club to sign the player permanently at the end of the loan period, and that clause is usually executed, if the striker does well.
But we have also seen from the case of Loic Remy, if the player does really well, he may want to sign for a bigger club than Newcastle.
There are a number of Donetsk players who have not returned to pre-season training, because of what is essentially a civil war going on in eastern Ukraine.
Facundo has only been at the Ukraine club for a year, and now he is doing his best to leave the club – either on loan or permanently, and it seems that Newcastle (make that Lee Charnley) to their credit, have moved quickly to try to get the Argentine striker in on loan.
Newcastle need at least one new striker in before September rolls around, and let’s hope we can be successful in getting this lad on Tyneside soon, with other Italian clubs also said to be keen on taking the player on loan.
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