If things go well it’s possible that Newcastle could make two signings this week.
Ben Arfa – Newcastle in for this player?
There is continuing news that Ben Arfa is interesting the Newcastle club, and also that Newcastle want to sign Bolton’s Jlloyd Samuel to get some experienced defensive cover across the back four.
Sky Sports is reporting Newcastle are one of the clubs interested in getting Ben Arfa for next season – either on loan or in a straight cash transfer.
Ben Arfa was in the side that won the French title last season, and French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting that Newcastle’s representatives will meet with Marseilles to discuss a transfer this week.
A transfer fee of around £7M has been mentioned, and we have no idea if that is too much for the Tyneside club, but this lad is a good player and would add definite quality to the Newcastle squad.
Ben Arfa’s agent Michel Ouazine has said that his client wants to join a club that will further his career, even if he is not a first-team regular, and that could benefit Newcastle, who could not guarantee the lad a starting position every game.
Michel told L’Equipe:
“Hatem (full name Hatem Ben Arfa) has reached a turning point in his career,”
“His choice will only be a sporting one.” “Hatem could also remain at l’OM. He can’t leave at random.”
Newcastle fans could read into that statement that Newcastle is the leading club for his signature – but we’d also be completely biased of course.
Anyway it seems that Newcastle are indeed after this good young player, and we have to think he’d be a cracking signing for the club.
What do you think?