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Newcastle seal seventh signing of the summer with loan deal for Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra

3.07K   //    04 Aug 2014, 05:39 IST
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Facundo Ferreyra poses in a Newcastle shirt after signing for the Magpies on a loan from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Newcastle United have added Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra to their ranks on a season long loan deal, the club announced.

Its’s been a resurrection project of sorts going on at St. James’ Park. After failing to sign anyone on a permanent deal in the last 8 months, the Magpies had been able to rope in six players earlier, with Ferreyra becoming the seventh addition and the first loanee to sign at Tyneside this off-season. 

The loan deal is said to have cost Alan Pardew and Newcastle £1.6 million, with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season for a fee of £6.4 million.

While Pardew has successfully added Emmanuel Riviere to his squad, he was still on the look out to sign another centre-forward this summer, having lost Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong since the end of last season as well as their top scorer Loic Remy.

The Argentine forward was one of six players who refused to return to Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month because of recent political disturbances in the area of Donbass.

The former Velez Sarsfield striker joined the Ukrainian powerhouse last year in a US$9 million transfer, scoring 6 goals for Shakhtar in 8 starts.

The 23-year old, nicknamed “Chucky” was particularly impressive during the 2012/13 season for Sarsfield. Ferreyra used the season as his coming out party, scoring 17 goals in 25 games in all competitions.

Ferreyra has so far made a dozen appearances for the Argentina U20 team, but is yet to make a senior appearance for La Albiceleste.

Chucky Fernandez flew out to join recent recruits Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella in Germany yesterday. He also made a second-half appearance the team’s final pre-season game in the Schalke Cup last afternoon after completion of the deal in the morning.