Newcastle have bolstered their strikeforce ahead of the new Barclays Premier League campaign by signing Facundo Ferreyra from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on a season-long loan deal.
The Argentinian struggled to get into the first team at the Donbass Arena last season following a move from his native Velez Sarsfield in July 2013, although he did manage to find the net six times from five starts, and had been linked with a move to Newcastle for most of the summer.
That has now been completed by the Magpies, who have the option to buy the 23-year-old at the end of the season.
Ferreyra said on the club’s official website: “I am very pleased to sign for Newcastle United.
“I like the Premier League and when I knew that Newcastle were interested in me, it was a very easy decision to make.
“I spoke to my friend Fabricio Coloccini, and when he told me about the club, I didn’t need to think twice.”
Magpies manager Alan Pardew was delighted with his latest acquisition.
He said: “Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with (club captain) Fabricio (Coloccini), and we think he could be a big success here at Newcastle.”