After making a name for himself in Spain with Deportivo de La Coruña, Xisco signed for Newcastle in 2008 for £5.7 million, with the fee potentially rising to £7 million in add ons.
However, the Spaniard, who was reportedly on £50,000/week at Newcastle, only managed 11 appearances (and one goal) in his five and a half years at the club, and was branded by The Daily Mail as one of the 20 worst strikers in Premier League history.
The 28-year-old joined second division Cordoba on a free transfer in 2013 and netted an impressive 19 league goals in 61 games for the Spanish club.
However, following promotion to La Liga at the end of last season, he has found himself surplus to requirements, and has lost the faith of new manager, Miroslav Đukić.
He now joins Real Mallorca, who sit 13th in the second division of Spanish football. Considering his decent record for Cordoba in that division only last year, he may indeed find himself a new lease of life in the Balearic islands.
Here’s what he had to say about the move:
“I am very happy to be here. It’s a new challenge in my career which is great because I’m also back home playing for the club which I had never played for. But now I will wear these colours.”
“Things haven’t gone as I would have liked because I haven’t had the confidence of the manager. But this is just part of football.”
Former Magpies finding new clubs this month:
David Edgar (loaned to Huddersfield by Birmingham)
Aidan Grant (free agent, joined Lincoln City)
Lewis Guy (left Gateshead, joined Barrow)
James Marwood (left St.Mirren, joined Forest Green)
Brandon Miele (free agent, joined Shamrock Rovers)
James Tavernier (loaned to Bristol City by Wigan)