Newcastle United misfit Facundo Ferreyra may be heading for exit

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The on-loan Argentine could depart St James’ Park next month having failed to feature for the first team in the Premier League under Alan Pardew.

Speculation is mounting that Facundo Ferreyra’s brief stay at Newcastle United could come to an end this January with the club rumoured to be considering cutting his season-long loan short.

Signed on a temporary basis from Shakhtar Donetsk over the summer, Newcastle have the option to make the deal for the 23-year-old permanent, but he hasn't commanded a first team place.

Rumours previously circulated suggesting that a lack of fitness and a poor level of application in training are the chief causes of Ferreyra’s absence to date but no official comment has been made.

Serie A side Genoa, meanwhile, have emerged as potential suitors for the striker, with the Italian club reportedly weighing up an offer that would see the forward move to the club on a loan deal that could become permanent at the end of the season.

And with Alan Pardew making no secret of his desire to recruit another goalscorer come the new year, it would appear that Ferreyra’s days at the club are numbered.

It marks a stark contrast to the hype that once surrounded the summer acquisition.

An Argentina international at Under-20 level, Ferreyra scored five goals in 12 appearances for the Albiceleste junior side and made his name with club side Velez Sarsfield as a youngster.

Signed by Shakhtar for $9 million back in the summer of 2013, the South American goalscorer netted six times in 13 outings for the Ukrainian team before moving to Newcastle.

Concerned about safety in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in the region, Ferreyra previously refused to return to Donetsk and would most likely favour a loan move elsewhere, though the only potential offer of note at present has come from Italy.

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