Marseilles Put Block On Potential Ben Arfa Loan Deal


News today in the Newcastle Journal that Newcastle United may have suffered a bit of a setback,  in their bid to sign Hatem Ben Arfa on loan from French Champions Marseilles.

Ben Arfa – deal held up

Newcastle officials believe the French club have tried to start a bidding war for the services of their 23 year-old midfielder.

The Journal had reported the two clubs had agreed a deal, at least verbally, but now Marseilles have apparently put a block on the deal, at least in the short term.

The deal was a £770K one-year loan agreement, but a meeting between the two clubs, which was due to take place today has been cancelled by Marseilles.

Newcastle will not be drawn into a bidding war by the tactics used by some clubs, which seems to include Marseilles, to increase the price they get for their player.   It would appear Marseilles are trying to give time for other clubs to come in, either with a much better loan offer, or with an outright bid to sign Ben Arfa.

Since Ben Arfa wants to play in the Premier League they may be hoping for some English clubs to become interested.

Three other clubs involved are Benfica, Rubin Kazan (Russia) or Hoffenheim (Germany) but Ben Arfa does not want to join any of those clubs, and Newcastle know that Marseilles have to decrease their wage bill by unloading some players.

Ben Arfa is now with the French squad, who are getting ready for their game against Norway tonight, but the lad has made it clear to his agent that he wants to play in the PL next season.

Maybe that will be with Newcastle United, once the Marseilles club have a few more days to think things over.

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40 comments so far

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    well thats just great, another player it looks like were gonna miss out on and this time over a few hundred k, if we dont land this lad or someone of similar quality then we’ll be seriously lacking in that area this season, i just seems like previous windows to me now, where were being linked to some decent players but the club dont actually make enough effort to sign them, but make it look as though its not their fault… not feeling very positive about whats going on at the moment at all

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    this old news from yesterday n i didnt really take much notice of it, if this deal happens it will b great we shud buy him out right

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m in France atm and have been for the last 4 weeks. I heard this yesterday whilst in Toulouse but didn’t think anything of it. This is typically French, their stupid way of bargaining for the highest price which Toulouse did with us when we tried to sign Ebondo (or w/e his name is!) a few years back. We should just say take it or leave it if they are playing games as they will come running back to us begging when Ben Arfa yet again re-iterates his desire to play in the Premier League and if that opportunity is taken away from him, guess what his attitude will like then?! Bloody L’OM its seriously starting to pi$$ me off how they do this with every bloody transfer… This should have gone through over a week ago but they have been holding out for another British club to come and snatch him with a cash bid… FFS!!!!

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    This maybe a blessing in disguise, I mean what would have happened if we’d signed him for £6m & he got seriously injured in this friendly match, we’d have been screwed!!!

    So if we don’t get him, it’s not the end of the world, we just have to hope that CH has a plan B in mind & that he’s allowed to bring in some other players between now & the end of the transfer window in 3 weeks 🙁

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  • noir9

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    RTB @ 1, its not a few hundred k tho is it? We want to loan him & other clubs are willing to buy him. A deal was agreed & they cancelled the meeting, how can that be the Toon’s fault

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  • Adssy Mccc

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    My god – this is painfully being dragged out!

    The longer it goes on, the less likely it is to happen I think. I just want a conclusion to it all now!!

    Hopefully, we are still looking at other options just in case…

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Its not the end of the world if we dont get him, I just think that OM think Arfa is playing for France tonight, so he has a chance to put himself in the shop window and maybe they will get a better offer – If they do, good for them, if they dont, good for us.

    I thought news later on yesterday was that the meeting had been rescheduled for Friday??

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    At least us fans can do a bit of Dennis Wise style scouting tonight by seeinging play for le’s bleus

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  • Darling27

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Game Over!!!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Another thing that may be against us here is in the news today that West Ham are clost to a deal to buy Benoit Cheyrou from OM.

    So that will free up the cash that Om need and also reduce some of their wage bill, so hence them not been in so much of a rush to pack Ben Arfa off to the first club that comes along.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    we can hardly blame the toon if this deal dosent come off its marseille who r being akward, n french teams do have a reputation for doin this kind of thing, ya ryt i remember we had a deal agreed for edbondo n then when arrived in france to finalize it they tried to double the price, we cant bullied no matter who the player is

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  • FalseFlag

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    i thought is lad was a slam dunk.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    i wouldnt mind losing out on hba if we can pull ireland or boateng deals instead

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  • toonarmy1986

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    There seems to be a pattern in every transfer window now under Ashley where we look to be signing players but bid way under the asking price so it looks like we have made an effort to sign someone but in reality the club no fine well they won’t accept the bid and they just hope that the media and Newcastle fans buy into them trying to sign players they might fool the media but not us.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    I echo Davybtoon’s thoughts

    Both players have played in the PL so know what it is all about, it may take Arfa a year to settle in, how long did it take Robert, Ginola, Jonas, Bull!?

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  • Colombus

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Jose Ernesto Sosa in Bayern ( can play both wings and cm) is appaerantly available for 3-4 million euro. An argentinian who I think will provide a better option than Ben Arfa. Would settle in brilliantly with our other argentinians and doesn’t have the same moral-problems! GO GO GO!

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  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #17

    toonarmy1986 exactly my feelings mate! 🙁

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    good shout Colombus

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    I think we have not heard the last of it.

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  • tjshawsey

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #20

    “Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has already had a reported £3million euros (£2.5m) bid for FC Twente midfielder Cheick turned down even though the 24-year-old has made clear his desire to move to English shores.

    Cheick said: “I want to move to England, my advisers in England have told me there is interest for me in England, so if there is I want to come here and will let my club know when I return.””
    This is on the sky website last night, apparently we were watching 4 ivory coast players in there friendly against italy, Cheick being one of them.

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  • FalseFlag

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #21

    toonarmy1986..
    the erding deal stinks of it PSG paid 6 mill last season,and we put in a 5 mill bid(well the papers reckon),somthing dosnt ring true with me..

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Toonarmy1986 – A team only bids the amount they think a player is worth, they don’t go out intentionally to not get players, it the way it is, if we paid what other teams wanted all the time, like we did under FFS, then thats why we’re in so much debt in the first place….

    I can see if we don’t get Arfa that the anti-Ashley crew will be saying that ‘he didn’t put his fat greasy hands in his pocket again!!!’ well we know from other reports that we’ve have bids of £5m etc for other players turned down, so he’s obvioulsy putting some money into the kitty, it’s just that the sort of players we need are out of our budget, so we’ll just have to look for other instead!!

    Personally I wouldn’t want to risk paying £6m on this kid due to the reports we’ve heard, a 1 yr loan with option to buy is the better option!!

    And don’t forget, if we spend too much this window, we may not have any kitty left to strengthen in the Jan window when we really need it like last season 🙂 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23

    With all being said, i sincerely hope that Ben arfa is in the 18 men squad at old trafford in manchester come KO. Really would be great if we get him

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #24

    tjshawsey,

    I read that about Cheick last night too

    Solaidback (19)
    I agree, for that amount of money, where possible, the one year loan option is far better than paying a big fee.

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  • lesh

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #25

    So, OM are pi$$ing about eh?

    Could this be why they’ve found the confidence to be difficult. They sell this guy and there’s some cash toward their supposed Fabiano bid and no need to move Ben Arfa on!

    from the BBC –

    “West Ham are closing in on Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou, 29, who is the brother of former Liverpool striker Bruno”.

    Full story: Daily Mirror

    Now we know?

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  • jasonbourne

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #26

    I know this sounds crazy, but wouldn’t Bellamy and Carroll make a pretty good couple up front. We probably don’t afford his wage though.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Pretty good couple, they getting married?

    will it be just Mr and Mrs on the backs of their shirts?!

    LOL

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  • Harley.

    Aug 11, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Out in town last night and ran into Leon Best, not a particularly chatty chap but asked him about transfer news and he said its ‘probable’ that ben arfa will be coming, he also said kenwyne jones is likely to be going to stoke, which i know is completely irrelavant seeing through hes a filthy mackem inbred but just passing on what he said.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 11, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #29

    is it real??

    Newcastle’s Premier League’s preparations have been dealt a blow after Leon Best injured himself badly in training yesterday (Tuesday).

    If Best’s worst fears are confirmed he could face up to three months on the sidelines which would be a big blow to boss Chris Hughton.

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 11, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #30

    harly are you sure it was leon best you spoke as i seen this on the mirror web site

    Newcastle’s Premier League’s preparations have been dealt a blow after Leon Best injured himself badly in training yesterday (Tuesday).

    Republic of Ireland striker Best, 23, sustained suspected ruptured ankle ligaments.

    The forward, signed from Coventry in January, has gone for a scan and is seeing a London specialist.

    If Best’s worst fears are confirmed he could face up to three months on the sidelines which would be a big blow to boss Chris Hughton.

    Read more: http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Newcastle-fear-striker-Leon-Best-could-be-out-for-three-months-with-injury- and the story claims hes in london.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 11, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Colunbus it’s a great shout but I doubt if Hughton has even ever heard of him.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Hoots has come out on SSN and said there has been NO CONTACT with Ben Arfa

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  • Harley.

    Aug 11, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #33

    dave 1961: I can categorically tell you it was Leon, he was at a bar called Baby Lynch with Andy Carroll and Sol Campbell. I got a picture with him and my mates. He seemed an alright lad to talk to, and he certainly didnt look or seem injured to me.

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  • jackdnufc

    Aug 11, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Is Best definately injured? It’s only the Mirror that’s reporting it and CH said absolutely nothing about it in his interview on SSN today.

    Anyone?

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  • jackdnufc

    Aug 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #35

    NUFC_Richyg01- Houghton said that there had been no DIRECT contact with Arfa, whatever that means!

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 11, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #36

    If who is no heart in Newcastle United , only focus on money, then no need he to come!!!!!!!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Harley

    He is meant to be in London getting the injury looked at.

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Aug 11, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone looking foward to watching ben arfa play aganist Norway tonight lads?. I fear if he has a great game then OM will continue to play us around increasing the fee, it might be a good thing if he has a crap game

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  • baro

    Aug 11, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Why not just go tie up a deal for Hatem Ben Arfa. He is a cracking player like Chris Hughton said

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  • toonie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #40

    And guess who just scored for France…
    Ben Arfa!!!

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