Newcastle Now Want Ben Arfa On Loan


News this morning in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle want to sign Marseilles playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa on loan for next season.

Ben Arfa – season long loan deal?

We had reported yesterday that Chris Hughton was interested in getting the 23 year-old Frenchman, and we had suggested maybe a fee of £5M would be enough, but it looks like Newcastle have been quoted a fee of £8M for the player, that’s apparently too  much, and so they will try to acquire him on a season long loan deal.

Well that’s the new news this morning – in any case.

Marseilles are willing to make the player available on loan, and Newcastle will no doubt face competition from both German club Werder Bremen and Turkish club Galatasaray, and maybe even more.

Ben Arfa has fallen out with Marseilles manager manager Didier Deschamps, and wants a break away from Marseilles, whom he joined two years ago from Lyon.

It is thought that Chris Hughton is a big admirer of the player, and is only too willing to hand the 23-year-old a key role in his side for the upcoming season.

It seems that some cash – but not much – is available this summer at Newcastle, and Chris is working hard to find some real bargains in the transfer market – to ensure Newcastle stay up next season in the Premier League.

It is the character of the man to just get on with the job at hand and not complain about the lack of cash, as many managers would be doing in his current situation.

Ben Arfa has played for France 8 times and is thought to be a future star for the National side.

We just hope he wants to play in the Premier League next year for a club who play in black and white stripes.

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13 comments so far

  • ginkoh

    Jul 26, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #1

    No doubt for his ability but his attitude ? I’m not quite confident. Maybe he’s another Nzomnia for us.

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  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jul 26, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #2

    i dont like him as a OM fan….he is a little prick ….

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  • GeordieMeerkat

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #3

    His attitude may stink in France but Hughton has insisted that everyone be a team player and a hard worker and I don’t see why his principles will have changed.

    If this does turn out to be a loan deal with and option to buy written in then it’s win-win quite frankly because if his ugly side rears up we can let him go home.

    One reason why he might be alright is that he won’t have the French media to hound him over here. We’ve had players like N’Zogbia and Olly Bernard that the French completely forget existed whilst they were here.

    No-one can argue though, if Hatem gets his head down and pushes on with his career, he could be one cracking player, especially with a revolution coming for the French national side.

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  • Visten

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Good player agreed whether we get him or not I am not so sure. If he is available on loan then I can see a host of clubs coming in for him.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    He does seem a horrible little git, but we have no or very little star quality, so may be worth it. Can’t take many more Bests , Perchs and Jlloyd Samuels. Only heading one way with more of those types of buys.

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  • altern8tif

    Jul 26, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    My only gripe with this is that we don’t want another Dyer-Bowyer bust-up on the pitch or the much-publicised Taylor-Carroll fracas…

    Seems like we have quite a number of hot heads in the squad (ie. Barton, Taylor, Carroll) and adding one more to the mix does not sound good.

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  • gunnarnufc

    Jul 26, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    He’s very very talented. He would add very needed class and skills to our midfield. Yes he’s had disciplinary problems but I think that with a player of his caliber for this little (the quoted 5 million or on loan) we would be stupid not to get him in. But on the other hand this is NEVER going to happen.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jul 26, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    yes please but ed, this is just based on the original l’equipe story which the daily mirror has interprated differently so I would not get hopes up just yet

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 26, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #9

    The telegraph has reported it as well. A loan move would be perfect as he blatantly has talent, and if he strops around just shove him in the reserves as hes not our player.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I have developed a phobia for sulking Frenchmen.

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  • Robbanufc

    Jul 26, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11

    He would indeed add some skill to the side, and I would be really exited to get him! Loan with the option to buy is a good idea.

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  • wardy29

    Jul 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #12

    As a team we will never get to where we were unless we take these sort of gambles. Its not going to cost us any money to sign him and yes his wages may be a little higher than what we want to pay, But this will be reambursed with shirt sales as he is a big name signing we all want .but hes not asking for hundreds of thousands like other players of his callibre, its a no lose situation this one, Hughton get on the next flight to France and sign him! It’s the same with Raul, why not get him on a 1 year rolling contract, his shirt sales will pay a high deal of his wages and he’d come in on a free. And no doubt he will get us the goals he needs, hes 33 yes, but thats young enough to get a few good seasons out of him, van nistelrooy still does it at a high level, so why can’t Raul?

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  • baro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Hopefully Chris Hughton ties up a season long loan deal with a view to buy at the end of the season for Hatem Ben Arfa. He is a star we really need his creativity in the midfield.

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