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.