Fact: Ben Arfa On Tyneside To Sign – Newcastle Look Golden

The Newcastle Journal this morning have confirmed that Hatem Ben Arfa was indeed in Newcastle last night to help conclude his season long loan deal to Newcastle.

Ben Arfa on Tyneside – it wasn’t fake after all

So it could well be that the fake looking photograph of Ben Arfa at Newcastle airport was valid and true – and that’s great news this morning – because obviously this lad is determined to sign for Newcastle United.

The French youngster is said to have arrived on Tyneside yesterday afternoon, because he had asked to talk directly to Newcastle United, after being somewhat dismayed by the antics of his club Marseilles over the last few days, and especially those of President Jean-Claude Dassier.

And news that his lawyer Jean-Jacques Bertrand has said that all communication and trust with his French club Marseilles has broken down, and now Newcastle will hope to tie up a deal with the 23 year-old very talented French International, who has been promised a central midfield role at the club for next season.

Newcastle Journal sources close to the deal say that even a transfer may be concluded before Monday night’s visit to Manchester United, and because of the break-down between Ben Arfa and Marseilles,  that could be best for all three parties.

Ben Arfa’s representatives  believe that the Marseilles President has been disingenuous with this transfer since at least last weekend, and they have accused the French club of going back on their word to let him move to England.

In an explosive interview with French TV, his lawyer Bertrand said:

“It was not Hatem that found Newcastle. Marseilles employed a number of agents and they found Newcastle.”

“The situation is like a woman who comes home to find her husband in bed with another one. The trust is gone.”  “Hatem has nothing against anyone at the club.”

“But the club and his manager told him last season that it would be better if he leaves for elsewhere.”  “And at the beginning of this season the manager, the sporting director and the president demanded he found another club.”

“This was made clear to him on several occasions.”  “Marseilles completely desired that he left.”

And Bertrand  also said it was not true that Newcastle had not lodged a “serious or substantial” offer for Ben Arfa, as the Marseilles President had claimed.

Apparently Bertrand believes  a loan deal had always been a potential, and that Marseilles were well aware of that – an £800K  loan fee for the season with an option to buy him for £5M at the end of the season.

Bertrand continued:

“Newcastle accepted all of the conditions that Marseille asked of them,”

“Marseille always said that it was an agreement to loan with an option to buy at the end. Newcastle, to our knowledge, accepted all of these conditions.”

And another of Ben Arfa’s representatives told French Radio station RMC earlier today, that Ben Arfa would definitely be joining the famous Newcastle United club:

“Hatem is going to Newcastle. His relationship with Deschamps is beyond the point of no return,”

This look just terrific for Newcastle, and we have to say the Newcastle representatives doing this deal have handled themselves really well and very professionally – so let’s give the club the credit it deserves for this move.

Newcastle have looked golden in all of this, and we now have a very very skillful player with us for at least next season – hopefully that will help us survive next season in the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Yahoooooo good news. Can play for our next gameee

  • Tom

    Aug 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    He isn’t here to sign. He came over here by himself to try and engineer a move, Marseille are still standing firm.

  • veloso in toon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    so trying not get excited!!!! Roller coaster already and we havent kicked off the first game of the season yet!!! Must be mad up in tyneside at the mo!!

  • geordie_india

    Aug 14, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    so a deal can be go through only if Marseille agree right ?

  • deeeeeeano

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Get the F**K in, thats a man who can play in the middle or out wide and to a very high standard. Glad this saga seems to have concluded, depending on that nob of a chairman. Would still want atleast 2 more in, left back cover and a midfield destroyer, what happened with that baldy kid from uruguay we were linked with??

  • Solaidback

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    From what I know, we can’t sign him as a player unless L’OM agree as Ben Arfa is contracted to them & until that contract is concluded in some way, he’s still their player & unable to sign for any other club…. a bit like Sol Campbell leaving Notts County, he wasn’t able to play for any club until both parties agreed to the split!!!

    So guys, don’ get too excited just yet as it could be some time, even months if L’OM decided to play hardball!!!

  • deeeeeeano

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    a pacey kid upfront would be a massive bonus too but i think thats asking too much off Nee Cashley

  • Charlietoon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    This is the very reason Chris keeps his mouth shut, gives nothing away. I really feel we have the right man for the job at newcastle with him in charge. He is all class.

  • deeeeeeano

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Am getting reet carried away

  • repo

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    emm what about guti he bought out his contract so ben can do the same with OM..

  • ginkoh

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    we still don’t sign him yet. But hopefully we can soon.

    Maybe he come to sign for Mackems, who know ? Bruce know everything about us because he’s Geordies so no surprise if he come after sold Jones. OMG such a joke.

  • Partizan

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    I wont get excited yet cos i come from Pandev’s country and we all know what Lotito did to Pandev.

    He completely froze him out of the team not even giving him a chance to train with the squad + he rejected a 10 mill offer from Zenit i believe.He was training on his own and with the National team.

    Some chairmen are like that,,,i just hope Marseille’s is not one of them.

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    just keep in mind the modric carry on.

  • toonruz

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    thats not true he did not come on his own he came with his agent and his legal team

  • GeordieDan

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    “Arfa is Geordie!, Arfa is Geordie ! na na na na, na na na na”lol

  • a.l 9

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Good news, just hope something comes from it. Further proof that Marseilles are been the bellends here aswell, as opposed to us.

  • toonruz

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #17

    i really think he will be a toon player by the end of today

  • a.l 9

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Realy hope your right ruz, would feel much better about the manc game with him in the side

  • andyglostoon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #19

    why do people keep saying the picture is of him,it looks more like dyer and isn’t he holding a sweeping brush!

  • andyglostoon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    also hasn’t anyone learned that dont believe it until the club says so ,c’mon guys!

  • noir9

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Don’t know if the photo is real but his agent & solicitor booked into the hotel the club use last night. That came from someone connected with the hotel & who has been accurate in the past, still doesn’t mean he’s signing but probably makes it possible & certainly better than what was being reported on thursday. Fingers crossed, ed is saying we’re about to sign that uruguyan.

  • MacToon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22

    The photo is of someone experiencing a colder climate than expected, he’s holding his jacket closed around his neck…. so it’s Arfa in Newcastle thinking bloody hell it’s cold up ‘ere.

  • tjshawsey

    Aug 14, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #23

    I actually think the picture is real, but I will agree that he does look like dyer there. Maybe i’m still dreaming, i think ill go back to bed 😉

  • baro

    Aug 14, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #24

    What a passionate Geordie he will become if we sign him. He just flew in to Newcastle and is all ready to sign. Can’t miss the chance to sign this class player.


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