Genoa admit interest in Newcastle flop Ferreyra

The president of Serie A side Genoa is hoping to give striker Facundo Ferreyra a chance to move on from his failed spell at Newcastle United.

Facundo Ferreyra hasn't managed to settle at Newcastle and it seems that he will be headed to Italy once the January transfer window opens.

The 23-year-old arrived on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer, but hasn't broken into the first team with reports that his attitude and fitness levels aren't up to the required standard.

Ferreyra's failure has been a big letdown given his promise with a stellar record for Argentina's Under-20 side and six goals in 13 games for Shakhtar prior to his move to St James' Park.

But Italian club Genoa are willing to gamble on the under performing attacker and are making no secret of their desire to close out a deal at the start of 2015.

"He's a good player," Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi told Il Secolo XIX.

"His story is similar to that of [Genoa winger] Diego Perotti, who hadn't been playing for a long time when we signed him.

"There's a good chance that he will be arriving."

Newcastle fans are unlikely to shed too many tears when Ferreyra leaves, but there may be some frustration if he starts to find the net regularly in Serie A. 

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