It seems no secret that Olympique Marseille player Hatem Ben Arfa is a Newcastle target and that the Newcastle club are currently negotiating for the transfer of the 23 year-old.
Hatem Ben Arfa – talks continue with Marseilles
It has been widely reported that Newcastle are in solid negotiations for the player, and that was hardly diminished when Olympique Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier confirmed that talks were indeed ongoing with Newcastle United for their youngster.
The controversial midfielder, who seems difficult to get on with, and has argued in the past with other players and even his manager, has been made available for the summer transfer market.
His past disciplinary record has put some doubts into the minds of some Newcastle fans, but Chris Hughton has a good record of getting on with his players, gaining their respect, and getting the very best out of them.
But on the other side of the coin, this Frenchman is an excellent player, and is looked on as being one of the French stars of the future.
Dassier was asked yesterday about the negotiations and he curtly replied:
“We must wait and see what happens. The discussions will continue.”
Newcastle have missed out on a loan deal for Tom Cleverley today, but maybe that’s because Ben Arfa is close to coming to Newcastle.