Ben Arfa On The Brink Of Signing For Newcastle

Newcastle appear to be so close to signing the much sought after French midfielder Hatem Ban Arfa, but the deal is not done yet.

Hatem Ben Arfa – on brink of signing for Newcastle

While the player is preparing with the French squad for their upcoming game against Norway, it’s understood the player has already given his approval for the move and now only terms need to be agreed with the player, which we don’t think will be an issue.

But of course until he’s signed then noting is certain, so we await official; confirmation from the Newcastle club – soon.

The initial year-long loan deal will cost Newcastle anywhere between £650K and £800K, depending on which reports you read, and there is also the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

There have been a number of clubs trying to sign the player permanently, and if he has a good season with Newcastle they could well be back next summer to try to sign the player again.

So it’s by no means a certainty he will sign permanently for Newcastle if he plays well in the Premier League, but we would hope he will settle down at Newcastle, and both he and the famous Newcastle fans will take to each other.

But if the deal concludes it’s another good signing for the club, and will be the 4th one this summer with more still on the way before the end of August.

Ben Arfa will help add attacking flair to a Newcastle team that is currently short on creativity, and he can also score goals from midfield.

One worry is his temperament and we have to hope that Newcastle boss Chris Hughton can sort out this lad, as he seems to be able to do with so many players of different temperaments.

We’ll hold our breath on this story and hope the club announces the arrival of this 23 year-old – soon.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • nicholasnufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #1

    A good player in the making. Chris needs to get him behaved though

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #2

    even if he comes i dont think he will do anything new…we need a striker who can score more than 10 goals for get 15 casue we cant afford a player who can do that…but i am getting confued casue we now have smith,nolan,DANNY BOY,inman,barton,ben arfa,jonas,rouledge,gosling,lua lua, haris……can any one tell me the starting line up

  • ginkoh

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope we’re smart enough to add permanant buy cost in this loan option. Because if he can adapt his style and do well in PRM, his price and reputation will sky high and no way to buy him for 5-6m anymore. But if not what’s we loss ? Nothing.

    if we can sign him this weel. I don’t think he will be our starting-line up for ManU. it’s too soon. Maybe sub after 60 mins with Jonas or Routledge.

  • balubas1

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #4


    well.. we needed cover for the wingers..

    I’m guessing Barton and Guthrie will pair up in the CM, while Jonas, Hatem and Wayne will be our winger options. Nolan will play either off a striker or as cover for Joey or Guthrie… Smith is pur backup as CDM if we have an injury crisis i guess and hope. Vukic is in the 1st team squad to get experience this year.

    my guess… my opinion..

    provided with good crosses and midfield backing, I think Carroll can get 10-15 in a good season. And I don’t think you should care too much about who scores as long as we win.

  • BlacknWhiteBlood

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Now we need a right back and a striker

  • Sir Erec

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #6

    if we get this lad, we will have easily confirmed ourselves as having one of the best midfields in the bottom 10.

    excited to see him signed, however its those signings that come out of nowhere that really get me good, like routledge and guthrie

  • Sir Erec

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #7

    also a bit annoyed to see that skjelbred is about to sign for schalke.

  • Ericles

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Agreed Sir Erec. Skjelbred would have been a welcome addition. Nicholasnufc – I reckon Barton, Steve Taylor, and Carroll can control Ben Arfah in the dressing room, in the Bigg Market, and down by the Quayside.

  • arcarius

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #9

    @Sir Erec – 7

    Thats a shame. Thought he was a fan of us
    Would love to have him in our squad, did CH not show any interest in signing him?

  • balubas1

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Sir Erec.. do you have a link for Skjelbred signing for schalke? damn… always wanted him to the club

  • balubas1

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #11

    arcarius. he is a fan:) just check football manager 😀

  • Brutooon

    Aug 10, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #12

    sign him!

    he is a good player

  • Charlietoon

    Aug 10, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #13

    If we get him on loan don’t we just need to pay some of or all of his current wages? What would the personal terms be. If we want to buy him yeah but when do you pay a fee to get someone on loan and then discuss his wages which I assume are personal terms.

    The only reason I can think of for personal terms is that there must be a clause to buy him out as he would want to know what wages he’d be on next year…so thats a positive I guess!

    If i am wrong feel free to educate me

  • Bao Zheng

    Aug 10, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #14

    If we can bag this lad and KP Boating we are in danger of having a half decent side. If it comes off credit to Hooton and the much maligned Llambias and big Mike. Btch all you want but if I look at the mess Villains are now in, loss of 46,000,000 last year, our management team may be doing a better job than most. Where Pompey lead many may follow.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 10, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #15

    @ Bao Zheng (14)

    I agree, Sure MA has got our backs up, but in fairness to him, he has had a lot of past debts to clear, including paying off fees for players we no longer have.

    I hate to say it but he is doing a good job, and he is now how a club owner should be – out of the limelight.

    I think Hughton has done brilliantly on such a tight budget (£0 lets face it) and yes, everyone wants to pay millions per player, but in the long run, unless you are a MASSIVE club, you cannot maintain it and you endup following Portsmouth et al.

    I think Villa have a decent side and ONeil has done well with them, and he obviously wanted them extra couple of players to take them on to the next level – obviously without impacting on what he already has.

    So lads, things could be so much worse for us coming back up, Ashley could have imposed the ‘Sell to Buy’ rule on Hoots, then we would really have been $hagged!

  • bazzer

    Aug 10, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Ben Arfa and KPB would increase quality in our midfield (and Gosling) , no doubt. I think we would need to reduce the wage bill by loaning out Smith. Also, worry about chances of Vuckic coming through now.

  • carl nufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #17

    The deal for Ben arfa might be off according to the french papers, OM have called off a meeting for today and will try to get him to stay, i hope this is not true but it is what the paper says

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18

    @ Carl nufc (17)

    What paper said that mate?

  • Sir Erec

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19


    this wasnt the original link i found it on, but it is just one that signals schalke’s intent to buy him.

  • Sir Erec

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    To be honest lads, I feel the meeting might not have supposed to have been today or tomorrow due to International friendlies.

    Maybe they will get back to negotiations with the player after his match?

  • baro

    Aug 10, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #21

    We just cannot loose the race to sign this potential star. Hatem Ben Arfa will make our squad a step higher in creativity.


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