First-class flights from Coruna to Newcastle have been popular this summer as a Spanish U-21 international begins life in the Premiership. Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini had moved to England previously in the window but he has now been reunited with his former team-mate Xisco at St James Park from Deportivo La Coruna. The transfer is in the region of £5.7 million.
The Mallorcan-born striker made his debut for Deportivo in the 2004/2005 season and made a total of 44 appearances and encouragingly scored 12 goals during his stint in La Liga. Deportivo conceded defeat in their attempts to keep Xisco, with coach Miguel Angel Lotina declaring "He is an important player but the offer which Newcastle made must also have been important. Moreover, he has only two years left on his contract and it is obvious that if he doesn't renew, he'll go.”
While the future of manager Kevin Keegan remains vague and uncertain, Newcastle’s latest forward declared his enthusiasm at the transfer and claims it is a dream. "I have waited for this opportunity for a long time in my life and I want to show the people of Newcastle what I can do - it is a dream for me.” Xisco has penned a five-year deal but he will have to wait until after the international break as he plays for the Spanish U-21s against Kazakhstan. The Spaniard was loaned out in 2005/2006 to Segunda Division outfit UD Vecindario, where he enjoyed a strike ration of one goal in every two appearances after netting 13 goals in 27 matches.