Yes we were sent that photo by one of our readers showing Ben Arfar presumably at Newcastle airport today – but we know all about the capabilities of modern day photo software – and just didn’t believe it.
Ben Arfa – in Newcastle right now?
But a remarkable turn of events may indeed be happening, with Ben Arfa reported now by Sky Sports to be in Newcastle, and he could become Chris Hughton’s 4th signing this summer.
As expected, the 23-year-old was left out of Marseille’s squad to face Valenciennes today, following his refusal to train and has apparently requested to at least be able to talk to the Newcastle club.
His agent Frederic Guerra said:
‘”Hatem will go to Newcastle. The relations between him and Deschamps have reached the point of no return. “
“All we want is for the Marseille directors to step back a bit and engineer the way to let him go there. Back in July Deschamps told us to find a new club and we have done it.”
Here is one of the photos presumably showing Ben Arfa at Newcastle airport today, and we have no idea if this is a genuine photograph of the lad or a made up one – using any one of several top class photo software packages now available on the market and for free.
But if this lads does sign for the Newcastle club on a one year loan deal, it shows again the attraction of the Newcastle club to players, since the 23 year-old has turned down at least four clubs in favor of Newcastle and playing in the Premier League.
But we still don’t know if the deal will be done, but as we reported this morning, it’s always very very difficult to keep a dissatisfied player at any club.