Newcastle Utd to sign Ferreyra after ditching Remy

DEFEAT ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
DEFEAT ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

NEWCASTLE United are hopeful of signing striker Facundo Ferreyra next week - after giving up on Loic Remy.

The club is close to securing the 23-year-old on a season-long loan from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Ferryra is one of six Shakhtar players who have opted not to return to the club because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The deal, which is with a view to a permanent move, is not expected to go through until next week.

“It’s something that is not done, but we’re working to see if that can happen,” said Pardew, whose team take on Malaga in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, this afternoon (2.30pm kick-off BST).

“Facundo is a good presence on the pitch, a big guy at 6ft 2in, a player who has gone to the Ukraine and has been OK.”

The breakdown of Remy’s proposed move to Liverpool had reignited hopes that the Queens Park Rangers forward - who spent last season on loan at Newcastle - would return to St James’s Park on a permanent deal.

However, Remy has given the club no indication that he wants to return to Tyneside.

And Pardew has admmitted that United can’t wait any longer for the France international, with the start of the Premier League season a fortnight away.

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

“We made it very clear that we would like to have him, and it hasn’t really happened. Therefore sometimes you have to say where’s 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.”

The move for Ferreyra came after United target Alexandre Lacazette signalled his readiness to sign a new deal at Lyon.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also insisted that he has no plans to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Meanwhile, Siem de Jong, one of Newcastle’s six summer signings, was left out of the club’s squad for this weekend’s Schalke 04 Cup games with what has been described as a “minor” injury.