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.