Good news this morning that Newcastle have agreed a loan deal in principle, for Marseilles skillful midfielder, Hatem Ben Arfa to come to Newcastle for next season – according to today’s Newcastle Journal.
Ben Arfa – loan deal agreed in principle between both clubs
It will cost the Newcastle club £ 800K for the French International – but hopefully it will be well worth it.
The deal is not signed, sealed and delivered yet, but Newcastle officials will meet with the French Champions’ representatives today to finalize the deal.
That being the case, we’d expect some official announcement, all being well, sometime as early as this afternoon.
The situation is difficult however, because the 23 year-old has been called up for the France squad, and apparently personal terms have not yet been agreed – but a deal in principle has been agreed between the two clubs.
Ben Arfa’s agent Frederic Guerra has told The Newcastle Journal this morning that negotiations were at a critical state, and he couldn’t comment.
That usually means a deal is imminent, and it’s hardly appropriate to make any comment at all, and we wouldn’t expect Chris Hughton to say anything this morning either.
The player wants to play in the Premier League, and if Newcastle can do this deal, it’s another case of the Magpies beating out other clubs for a player’s signature, with German club Hoffenheim, Benfica and a late bid by Russian side Rubin Kazan all trying to sign the player permanently.
What’s that about Newcastle not being a draw to players?
You have to also believe that Newcastle will have first chance to sing this player next summer for an agreed to price – probably around £6M.
And reports suggest that since Italian club Roma withdrew their interest, Ben Arfa has had his heart set on coming to the famous Newcastle club and playing in front of 52,000 passionate Newcastle fans.