By Danny Wright

11th May, 2018 | 3:43pm

Newcastle must re-sign 30-goal forward after winning title, he is exactly what Benitez needs


Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez will surely be on the hunt for a new centre-forward in the summer transfer window.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to leave Tyneside on a permanent basis after tearing it up on loan at Fulham while hapless duo Dwight Gayle and Joselu have shown that they are nowhere near the level required at St James’ Park.

That means that Newcastle must attempt to re-sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Facundo Ferreyra, who has had a stunning season in Ukraine and is out of contract within a matter of weeks.

Ferreyra, 27, spent the 2014/15 season on loan with the Magpies but failed to make a single senior appearance and was largely forced to play in the reserves.

However since returning to Ukraine, the Argentine forward has transformed himself into the best striker in Eastern Europe and he is now exactly what Newcastle need ahead of next season.

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This term, Ferreyra has fired Shakhtar to the Ukrainian title by scoring a stunning 30 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions.

Not only has he been on fire against Ukrainian sides though as the ex-Newcastle loanee has also been clinical in the Champions League having scored against the likes of Napoli, Feyenoord and semi-finalists Roma.

What would make Ferreyra and even more interesting signing is that he would be available on a free transfer, meaning that there is pretty much more risk for Newcastle to re-sign the title-winning forward.

It’s going to be a tough transfer window for Benitez, but if he can make the most of signing free agents, Ferreyra has to be at the top of his list.

In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies are in pole position to sign this 6ft 7in colossus who has snubbed Real Madrid and Man United.

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