Deal Agreed To Bring Ben Arfa To Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Norwegian_geordie

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Nice work CH.

    Just wondering if there’s an option to buy after the season..


  • paddyq

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    sounds good to me.

  • dashu9

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Yaaaaaaaaay ! Hope they somehow make it permanent 🙂

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    I just wish this would be over and done with, then concentrate on the next signing, o/t but did anyone see the joke cappello surprised about carrick playing and suggesting he should have rang. Then Ashley cole snubbed him.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Good old Ed, always with the sensationalist headlines again. Don’t want to put a damper on it, but if you actually go on and read the article, it’s anything but a done deal with with Mark Douglas somewhat backtracking and conceding that the chairman of OM said ” it was impossible to comment ! ”

    Don’t get me wrong we are desperately crying out for some pace and creativity and this guy could give us that in spades, along with Prince Boateng, because sadly at this level, for one reason or another, Nolan , Smith, Barton, Guthrie are fatally flawed, either with a lack of pace or creativity or both and are comparatively slow and dull.

    We need a spark, hopefully 2. These 2, Albin and the French guy Geremeio (wrong spelling) and we are away !

  • toontime

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    I think he’ll be the kind of player the toon army will love. But wouldn’t it be nice to get a 20 goal a season striker to go alongside him and finish off his assists! We’re on the right tracks but I’d love to see Ben Arfa and a striker in the squad ready for Old Trafford!

  • GeordieDan

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Get In! Great news

  • geordie_india

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Glad to know a loan deal has been agreed if it is,as we can also check on the player’s character. If he is causing any problem to the team stability we can terminate him after this season 🙂

  • Wright

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Ben arfa is top player this is good news
    but what happened with albin we were linked with him for a while now nothing has happened anyone have news

  • paddyq

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    i think it would be great if we could get both ben arfa and boateng in, both would add pace and creativity to our midfield/attack.
    Even better would be if we could sign these two and get Alan Smith of the wage bill! whats the deal with the invisible man?

  • Chris F

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    personal terms aren’t really an issue if it’s a loan deal, as all we’ll be doing is taking on his current contract on the same terms he is currently on at Marseilles.

    All he has to do is ok the move and he’ll be on his way, no need for any contract discussions with us as that’s all sorted out between the two clubs.

  • toontime

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Has everyone got confidence in Hughton? I think he seems to be highly respected as a coach, but do people think he has the right kind of pull as a manager to get the right players in.

    And before people start getting on my back, I personally think he’s excellent and I hope he is able to stay as manager for years to come as that will mean he has been successful.

    I just wondered what people think?

  • mackems-hatem

    Aug 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    would be brilliant if we get him, he will create that spark for the team either playing off Carroll or playing on the left

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    This has gone on for so long, I will only beleive it when its on

    On another note, does anyone know what is going on with Smith? Where is he? Is he off?

    Any more on KP Boateng?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Also, Any news on Carroll’s Injury?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    @ toontime (6)

    There will be no striker coming in,
    Hoots thinks we have enough with what we have and has also been quoted as saying that defence is his main priority.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Guthrie was a non-performer against Rangers.

    Also, Why is Jonas always coming over to the right, we need him and the bull flying down the left.

  • nzedtoonman

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Its UNREAL when he’s at the french champions and yet prepared to come to a bottom eight english club and foresake Champions League Futy,,,

  • toontime

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    @ NUFC_Richyg01 (16)

    But surely I’m not the only one thinking that at the minute, Carroll will probably be our top scorer with single figures and that’s not enough to keep us up.

    I hope that I’m proved wrong, and I do rate Carroll, but at present, I don’t think he can guarantee us over 15 goals and I can’t see many other players chipping in with many goals this season.

    Someone like Carlos Vela on loan who would love to prove that he can get goals in the premier league would be ideal in my opinion.

    Anyway, I guess it’s pointless discussing it if what you say is right and CH doesn’t want another striker. It might change in January though eh?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #20

    @ toontime

    I completely agree with you that the strikes we have are not up to the job

    Carroll – Good, but not good enough.
    McLoven – Prob our best striker.
    Shola – time to go.
    Ranger – needs pitch time on loan.
    Best – Not seen his potential, maybe loan.
    Xisco – Needs more pitch time, looked OK pre season.

    3 out of the 6 strikers we have need to go, one way or another.

  • toontime

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    The worrying thing is that probably 14 or 15 of the teams have strikers that would walk into our team. Lots have 2 and some have 3 or 4. That’s how far we have fallen from grace.

    I just hope it doesn’t take until January before CH works out what we need to stay in the division because it might all be too late by then.

  • Visten

    Aug 9, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Boy oh Boy we need pace in the side and this lad brings it. Let’s remember that our midfield was constantly over run last season against team that had pace which were quite a few in the Championship, lucky for us though at that level the midfielders and strikers are generally inept. In the PL we are in big trouble if we don’t add pace in the midfield areas.

  • balubas1

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #23


    1.Are you a Newcastle supporter?
    2. Would you like 11 primadonnas on the pitch?
    3. have you no clue that a team needs a foundation, or else players like Ben Arfa & KP. Boateng are worthless?

    Come on !!!

  • hollandes

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #24

    i’m hoping smith’s contract is left to run out as i doubt we’d find a buyer. In my opinion he is in the way of other players progressing. I understand he was one of the main reasons our squad pulled together at the start of last season but hughtons decision making shouldn’t be influenced by loyalty. He has to decide for the best of the club and financially and on the playing side of things we’ll be better off without Smith. I adore his attitude but he’s holding up guthrie (a raw player who i believe has potential to be a solid performer in our side). Guthrie won’t be a world beater but i believe he could become more of an asset than Smith. Also he is an extra man in the path of Haris Vuckic who, if he lives up to his hype, could be a gem one day. All ifs and buts, and I know this is no football manager world and we have shifted a fair amount of deadwood in this squad but if we want to reach the top end of the table in five years time and be europa league and champions league contenders we need to slowly replace the old with better players. Highlight weaknesses and diplomatically slowly improve the squad. I see Smith gone in a year, Nolan becoming bit-part in two to three years, Krul and Forster being given a genuine chance in 2 years, Kadar the season after next possibly coming into the team regularly

  • indianmagpie

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #25

    Was just watching ol’ Robert goals on youtube…

    Good ol’ days….if ben arfa can provide even half of Robert’s impact, i am happy….dont care how temperamental he is or how whiny he is….all i need is a performance from him in this season….fingers crossed for him to sign…

  • costello91

    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #26

    Lads how on earth do you tink jonas and collocini are our best players?
    Jonas has no end product and can barely pass. and Collocini is slow and v.persie, torres, rooney, drogba, cole etc etc would run him into the ground. we have to be honest with ourselves, we have good GK’s, 3good DF’s, an average MF, and 2 ok FW’s.
    but all in all i love the toon army and i can see our current team surprising alot of people this season. the slak thats here for nolan is uncalled for and he’ll surprise the doubhters, hope best does aswell!!

  • geordielad880

    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #27

    I still cant see this deal been concluded for ben arfa, i believe it when its signed and sealed, i think another club will snatch him at the last minute

  • geordielad880

    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    benfica have entered the ben arfa deal late apparently, according to sky sports

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #29


    A bit uncalled for and frankly I have to say a pretty vapid and insipid question. Maybe in future you could try and be constructive and think a little more about what it is you are trying to achieve, before launching in to playground abuse. It is very difficult to know exactly what point you are trying to make!

    I actually have supported NUFC for 40 years and as a level 3 UEFA coach have coached in Holland , Brazil and France, so I like to think I have a reasonable grasp of the game and what is required.

    We have plenty of players with attitude problems who couldn’t lace these 2 guys shoes on ability. I agree they may be horrible people, but look what happens when that ability is harnessed. No bigger and better example than Eric Cantona, the original ”enfant terrible” of French football.

    No I don’t want 11 prima donnas. Equally I don’t want 10 flat footed people launching it route 1 to Carroll who doesn’t have the pace to play in a 4-5-1.

    We lack pace and creativity – I don’t think you can deny that. We haven’t got people to play clever through balls and cut backs, they just hit long balls and hopeful percentage crosses to Carroll. Now if Ben Arfa and Boateng can change that, then what is the problem ? We got away with it in the Fizzy, we won’t in the premiership.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Benfica has been in the deal for a while. Dunno what skysports are doing, but their reporting over the Ben Arfa transfer is breeding pessimism. They keep posting all the rumours to him even though we’ve been consistently linked with him.

  • Natureboy95

    Aug 9, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #31

    @ toon time (12) Yeah i’m starting to have a bit of confindence in his ability, wasn’t to sure at the start of his tenure but i’m coming round. I think he does things in the right wayHe seems to do things in a quite, respectful and common sense manner.

    The one thing I wondered about was wheather he would be able to handle ‘big’ players and attract them, but he seems to have doen ok

  • Natureboy95

    Aug 9, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Benfica may well want him and even offer a permanent deal but if the boy don’t want to play in portugal then he doesn’t have to go. All the reports i’ve read have stated that the boy wants to come to england and play in the premiership, he’s even had talks with hoffenheim and turned them down. so i’m not too worried by the benfica story. I’m may be proved wrong tho.

  • danmcclew

    Aug 9, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #33

    People, i hope if this boy comes we can give him the time to find his feet in England. He’s still a young lad, would be new to English football. Last thing we need is for some fans’ crippling expectations to ruin him turning out to be a great player for us for years to come.

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 9, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #34

    “In principal”? “In principal”! “In principal… What the effin hell does that mean?

  • baro

    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m glad we are getting Hatem Ben Arfa.

  • chuck

    Aug 10, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Now we have signed Ben Arfa, hopefully wth a prearranged option to buy, it`s time to get Boateng from pompey, an AM + DM, play Ben Arfa between the pacey wingers with Boateng sitting in front of the back four, hmmmm!
    To hell with the five year plan, with signings like this we can be competing for a top six in a couple of years.


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