Unsettled by the situation in war-torn Ukraine, a Shakhtar Donetsk player has found his way to the Premier League.
Newcastle United confirmed on Sunday what’s been rumored for days: Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra is joining the Magpies on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old, known as ‘Chucky’, joins up with good friend Fabricio Coloccini, who was apparently a big part of convincing Ferreyra to move to Northeast England.
Ferreyra scored six goals for Shakhtar in just 854 minutes over 22 appearances last season after moving from Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield, where he struck 17 times in 25 games.
Ferreyra said: “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 United manager Alan Pardew said: “Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with Fabricio (Coloccini), 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 joins a revitalized Newcastle attack that picked up Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco), Siem de Jong (Ajax) and Ayoze Perez (Tenerife) this summer.