Now that Chris Hughton has brought in three new players so far this summer, two free agents and James Perch for a small transfer fee, he will be wanting to add to that total.
Chris Hughton – dismisses transfer rumors
But Chris has played down reports, including ours this morning, that the club is after St Etienne defender Yohan Benalouane and Olympique Marseilles midfielder Ben Arfa.
That’s interesting because those rumors originated in this morning’s Journal, and the Journal said that Chris was denying it, but they thought at least the Ben Arfa deal was being negotiated.
Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“With Sol coming in, the focus is unlikely to be on a central defender now.”
“There’s nothing in Benalouane. Ben Arfa is a name that has come up more than anybody recently. It’s a name we know but it’s unlikely.”
And other transfer news, regarding Chelsea’s impressive Dutch left-back Patrick van Aanholt, is not in the offing either, as Chris continued:
“He did really well for us last season but we’re not looking into that one.”
But Chris can be cagey about some things too, and of the three we think the best chance is that Newcastle may indeed be pursuing Ben Arfa, but Chris is hardly going to come out and say much about that – is he?
The Newcastle manager has been successful with three bids so far this summer, so the way he is conducting his transfer business is just fine with us.