Well, would you believe it, Newcastle are reported to have had an initial bid for Olympique Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa rejected by the French club.
Ben Arfa – initial Newcastle bid rejected?
This is according to reports in France, but of course these have been wrong in the past, so we cannot necessarily believe there’s any truth in them – but what’s new?
Chris Hughton seems to have been interested in the player for a while now, and reports suggest the 23-year-old is keen to move to England, but he doesn’t have a good record at Marseilles for getting on with the other players – or even the current manager.
The news suggests the very skillful player has attracted attention from Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton in the past, and is certainly an excellent young prospect in France.
Newcastle are believed to have had a bid of around £4M already rejected, and the evaluation of Ben Arfa is said to be around £7M by the Marseilles club.
It waits to be seen whether Newcastle, who are looking for bargains this summer, will increase their bid, although the news in France is that the Tyneside club will indeed increase their offer.