Newcastle Now Leading The Chase For Ben Arfa Loan

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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • howay man

    Aug 7, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    loan is perfect! marseilles asking price will be down to 3-4 million in a years time.

  • slazberger

    Aug 7, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    an option to but with a fee agreed now would be good cause if he has a good season the price would go up.

    this story just seems to be drifting around the internet moving from country to country and then back again. as proven by this part of the story

    ‘Olympique Marseilles manager wants to bring in new players before the French season starts’
    -the french season starts today

  • jackdnufc

    Aug 7, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Loan would be a great move but I’d expect they’d want a good sell on fee to make up for the fact that we didn’t pay up for him the first time. Maybe 5.5-6mil in a years time? Ideally he’d do well and that figure will be good value.

    Either way lets hope he’s in a Toon shirt asap.


  • toonsy

    Aug 7, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    “At this moment there is nothing on that,” Hughton said. “We do realise it’s being bandied around but there has been no progress.”

    Hughton on Ben Arfa

    Make of it what you will

  • balubas1

    Aug 7, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Bena Arfa on loan… Im not the biggest fan of loans.. Get Skjelbred now! Schalke04 wants him NOW.. time running out

  • DanNUFC

    Aug 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    toonsy… source?

  • Ericles

    Aug 7, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Have him on loan and see how he fits in. Is he one of those precocious talents with an immature chip? If he has “attitude” perhaps CH has the wherewithal to get him to leave the pram and toys in Marseille? Trouble is if we want to buy eventually his price has gone up. Why? Cos he is selected alongside the Wigan Wonder “I am going to play for Arsenal” Nzogbia for France now. Despite his skill is it worth throwing a potential time-bomb into the dressing room at NUFC. The type of temperament we need at NUFC is the solid one built up by the players and CH. I suppose when Steve’s shoulder is better he can always thump him one!

  • Spartan

    Aug 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    So he likes to scrap with his team mates. He’ll get on well with Joey who has also been known to fight teammates (particularly French ones). Hopefully they’ll get on well together. It’s worth the risk.
    Watching the match on ESPN

  • Solaidback

    Aug 7, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    What if we get him on loan until Jan & then have to buy him or send him back?? not sure OM would be interested in that deal as they want to free up his wages so they can get other in, so a year will do but if his attitude is a problem, we could always let the scouse squad sort him out on the training field without huting him too much 🙂

  • toonsy

    Aug 7, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry, The Northern Echo, not The Journal

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #12

    And yet another episode in the Arfa Daily….. zzzzzz!

  • Toon1978

    Aug 7, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #13

    The Echo is as reliable as go – ahead – Northern buses lol!!!!

  • zeetoon

    Aug 7, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Hughton, who has played a straight bat to most transfer rumours to avoid being drawn into bidding wars, said there was no update on the club’s pursuit of the player (Hatem Ben Arfa), who was called up for senior France duty last week.

    “We do realise it’s being banded around but there has been no progress,” he said.

  • zeetoon

    Aug 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    oh toonsy beat me to it

  • ToonMad92

    Aug 7, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    so what is happening with hoffenheim ?
    I wish this would hurry up and get sorted lmao
    think if his attitude is good then he could become a very good player for us but i think it is better for a loan not only for us but for ben arfa aswell , dont want him to be signed then turns around and says he dont like it (like alot of the overpayed wastes of space that we call footballers these days)

  • baro

    Aug 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Hopefully we get Hatem Ben Arfa on a loan deal with a view to permanent at the end of the season.


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