There is divided opinion about whether Newcastle are in for Olympique Marseilles midfielder Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa – hmmmm – should I join Newcastle?
Chris Hughton has tried his best to play down the rumors but the local Newcastle papers are reporting they believe Newcastle are in for the player, and trying to arrange a deal, and may even be favorites to land the 23 year-old French International.
And Marseilles Sporting Director Jose Anigo is even fanning the flames as he suggests a move for the player to Newcastle may be a good deal.
He was asked yesterday whether Ben Arfa would be leaving for pastures anew and he answered:
“It is possible,” “He needs to play and perhaps a move to a foreign championship will enable him to stop suffering from the comparisons that have damaged his progression.”
“He needs a club, a coach and an environment which are appropriate to him.”
“There is not only Newcastle (who are interested) – they are one of four of five who we are in discussion with. There are also German clubs.”
“I think we have done all we can with him. He must choose the right club – he has talent and he must go somewhere where he can express it. With us he has had good and bad moments.”
So it may be that following the success of capturing both Dan Gosling and Sol Campbell, who will both strengthen the Newcastle squad significantly, this is Chris’ next target, and certainly the youngster would be a good acquisition for the club, either as an incoming transfer or on loan for the season.
A spanner in the works could be his valuation,and it may well be that Marseilles are attempting to get a big transfer fee for a player who is expected to be in Laurent Blanc’s France side next month.
Newcastle have already shown last January and this summer, they can negotiate some good deals, and it would not surprise us too much if Ben Arfa is the next through the door at Newcastle.
We certainly hope so.