Newcastle United have swooped to land Facundo Ferreyra on loan

Facundo Ferreyra arrived at Newcastle United from Shakhtar Donetsk, while Mehdi Abeid has been told he can kick-start his Tyneside career

St James Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club
St James Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club

Newcastle United have welcomed a new face and given a more familiar one a second chance.

Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra of Shakhtar Donetsk has been signed on loan for a season, with the possibility of him signing a permanent deal in the future.

Mehdi Abeid has also been told he can kick-start his Newcastle career after Panathinaikos were told the midfielder would not be allowed to rejoin them, as was expected.

Ferreyra, a 23-year-old who has played in the Champions League, did not want to return to Ukraine a year after signing for Shakhtar from Vélez Sársfield for a fee close to £5million.

He stated the increasingly volatile situation in the country made him feel unsafe and this is when Newcastle were alerted to his availablity.

Ferreyra is not a name familiar to many, although his pedigree is decent enough – even if he managed only 22 games last season in which he scored six goals.

Known as ‘Chucky’, he has the reputation of being a hard working centre-forward with physical presence.

That is now seven signings made by Alan Pardew and the club are not finished yet.

It is believed that while Ferreyra has been brought in as a first-team player he is not the fabled marquee striker supporters have been waiting for.

The Loic Remy deal is still a possibility, while United are considering either buying or loaning in another centre-half.

On Remy, Pardew admitted he hadn’t quite given up hope but that it was now unlikely to happen.

“I think he’s had plenty of chances to come to us,” Pardew said.

“We made it very clear we would like to have him and it hasn’t really happened and therefore sometimes you have to say where is the line drawn for us as a club as we have our own respect and our own professionalism.

“So maybe that one has gone away but like all transfers they’re never, ever over so we’ll keep our finger on the pulse.”

Pardew confirmed Haten Ben Arfa was being shipped out because he was not ship-shape.

The manager added: “It’s a simple situation. We have a professionalism and a level of commitment to our work he needs to fall into and until he falls into that he won’t be part of the first team.”

Sources in Greece, meanwhile, have confirmed Panathinaikos believe Abeid, who was a star player on loan for them last season, has been told his Newcastle career is not over.

The Greek club believed the 21-year-old was set to sign a deal with them – he helped them in the domestic cup last season – and even devised an offer which would see Newcastle only make any cash if they sold him on at a further date.

However, Pardew has warmed to Abeid, whose physical state and attitude have impressed.


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