There is a report in the Mail that Newcastle United have completed the deal to bring Facundo Ferreyra on loan from Shakhtar for next season, with an option to sign the striker permanently for about £6.5M or €8M.
Facundo Ferreyra – option to buy for £6.5M
The loan fee is £1.6M and the reports are that Ferreyra is very keen to join Newcastle United, after talking to his Argentine compatriot Fabricio Coloccini about the Tyneside club, before agreeing to join the club.
Certainly this is another good signing by Newcastle this summer – and our 7th signing of the summer.
The Argentine U20 striker (12 appearances – 5 goals) will certainly give Alan Pardew’s side a much needed goal-scoring threat up front.
He was born in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina in 1991 and gets the nickname of Chucky and came through the Youth Academy at his home town club, Club Atletico Banfield or simply Banfield.
While not a prolific goalscorer, he has scored 37 goals in his 103 first team appearances at three clubs – Banfield (56 app 14 goals), Velez Sarsfield (25 app 17 goals) and Donetsk (22 app 6 goals) – and Ferreyra is still young at just 23 and can improve on Tyneside.
And he now has a chance to make the deal at Newcastle a permanent one if he has a good season.
Newcastle have been following the Argentine for over two years now, and were particularly impressed with his play and record at Velez Sarsfield, where he was quite prolific in scoring 17 goals in just 25 appearances the season before last.
Shakhtar paid out £7.5M for the 6ft 2ins striker last summer, but he did not play much for the Ukrainian side last season, with only five league starts among his 22 total appearances.
Ferreyra joins Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Siem de Jong and Daryl Janmaat on Tyneside, in what is becoming one of the best transfer windows we have seen at Newcastle for some time.
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