Newcastle stalling over deal to let summer signing leave six months early

Genoa v Catania at the Marassi

Newcastle are reportedly stalling over Facundo Ferreyra's move to Genoa.

Alan Pardew may have left Newcastle, but his replacement will still have to figure out what to do with some of the club's summer signings.

The likes of Remy Cabella, Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere have all struggled to make an impact since their big money moves to Tyneside just six months ago.

Whoever comes in to be the next Newcastle manager will need to find a way to get the best out of those summer signings, and one could even be leaving already.

Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra signed on a season-long loan deal from Shakhtar Donetsk, and he was expected to play first team football after scoring six goals in 22 games for the Ukrainian side last year.

Yet so far, the 23-year-old hasn't played whatsoever. He hasn't even kicked a ball for the first team and is something of a forgotten man around St. James' Park given his lack of action.

His lack of first-team football has triggered speculation of a move to Italy with Genoa, who are willing to take over the second half of Ferreyra's loan deal.

However, reports in Italy suggest that Newcastle are stalling over a deal, and that an agreement from the Magpies is all that is keeping Ferreyra from joining Genoa.

It seems bizarre that Newcastle would try to keep Ferreyra at the club considering that he has been a complete afterthought this season, but there may be a couple of reasons why they're stalling.

With a new manager on the way in, maybe Newcastle want to let him assess Ferreyra before they let him go, whilst Papiss Cisse's departure to the African Cup of Nations may leave the Magpies short of striking options, with Ferreyra providing crucial cover.

Still, it seems inevitable that Ferreyra will leave the club this month, possibly if Newcastle manage to bring in another striker, allowing the Argentine to head to Genoa.

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