Olympique Marseilles manager wants to bring in new players before the French season starts, but manager Didier Deschamps has been told he must first reduce the club’s wage bill.
Ben Arfa – loan deal to Newcastle?
And that could be good news for Newcastle as Marseilles may be ready to lend out their 23 year-old star midfielder Ben Arfa for a season long loan deal – which would be good for Newcastle.
There are some doubts about this lad’s character and so Newcastle could see how he fits in, and how well he can play in the top league in the world.
It seems that Newcastle may now be in the driver’s seat as they have been persistent in trying to get the youngster to St. James’ Park and manager Chris Hughton is a big fan, having called him a cracking player.
The fee Newcastle would have to pay for the loan deal is quoted at different amounts but it’s anywhere between £500K and £800K.
The talented winger who is expected to be a French star of the future has attracted interest from AC Milan, Galatasaray, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid amongst others, but the black mark is that he has argued with both players and manager alike, and as we said earlier there is question mark on his character.
But Chris Hughton has already proved he knows how to control his players and at the same time bring the best out of them, and senior players like Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan and Steve Harper will bring him into the Newcastle fold.
Well – at least we hope they would do that.
But it’s what Newcastle want and a loan deal now looks promising and presumably with an option to buy the player next May.