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Newcastle sign Ferreyra

Newcastle United have completed the signing of striker Facundo Ferreyra on a season-long loan deal, with an option to buy at the end of the campaign.

The 23-year-old played for Shakhtar Donetsk last season, but he has refused to go back to Ukraine due to the political instability in the country.

The Argentina U20 international has already joined up with the Newcastle squad in Germany where they are taking part in the Schalke 04 Cup.

Ferreyra made just eight appearances for Shakhtar last season, but managed six goals for the team.

He started his career with Banfield in Argentina before moving on to Velez Sarsfield, where he scored 17 goals in 24 matches which earned him the switch to Shakhtar.

Ferreyra told Newcastle'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."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew added: "Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with Fabricio, and we think he could be a big success here at Newcastle.

"This is a player who has played at the top level and is highly regarded in Argentina.

"He has tremendous potential and hopefully he can realise that here at Newcastle United."

Ferreyra is Newcastle's seventh signing of the summer following the arrivals of Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback.