New Rumors That Ben Arfa Will Get His Loan Move To Newcastle


There is news today that  Hatem Ben Arfa could still get his loan move to Newcastle United approved by his club Marseilles.

Hatem Ben Arfa – if he keeps quite he’ll get his wish

It’s good that we have heard nothing from the lad these last couple of days, because it seems that the Marseilles club will grant the loan deal if the player remains silent in public, which he certainly hasn’t been over the last few weeks.

Marseilles have not looked too good in this deal either, and they may be trying to save face a little, and if they can get their new targets through the door, one surprisingly is said to be former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia, then they will agree to a loan move for Ben Arfa  to Newcastle.

And it could all be done in the next couple of days.

Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier told RMC today:

“Within two days it will be resolved – then we will explain everything.”

The Evening Chronicle has played down the chances of Newcastle getting Ben Arfa once he returned to France yesterday, but we think this may be a ruse by Hughton and the club to get the attention off the move.

Marseilles’ problem with Ben Arfa will not go away anytime soon, and we would think the player and club have to part their ways soon,  and certainly before the end of August, even if it’s just for one season.

One new report says that AC Milan are interested, but the news is that the player wants to play in England in the Premier League, and wants to play for the Magpies.

After last nights huge gulf in class seen between Newcastle United and Manchester United,  the Tyneside club needs to add some new players with class to their roster, and  if this deal can be done this week, it will provide Newcastle fans with a huge lift.

Here’s hoping the above logic holds true.

Comments welcome.



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205 comments so far

  • kikgras

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #1

    SHHHHH…don’t talk about fight club!!!!

    ok, so assuming all goes well. who else is coming in?? Can anyone say loan deal for Adebyour (sp?)

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  • Stuart

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Not unless Man City pay about 90% of his wages lol.

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  • kikgras

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #3

    lets say man city do pay his wages…or a good lot of them, why not get him in here? ade and Carroll…all that power up front!!!

    let a fan dream.

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  • Flop

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #4

    No chance.
    Spurs 3 down after half an hour

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  • Stuart

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to bring him in, it’ll just never happen.

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  • Flop

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #6

    More chance for Caicedo (heard his move to West Ham has stalled) or Santa Cruz

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  • jimiley

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #7

    We may sign Ben, we may not. It does not really matter. Personally I think he is trouble and if he is any good would drop the Toon like a shot if a bigger club came a calling. What goes around comes around. We have enough class without Ben to stay out of the bottom 3. We will be a comfortable 6 points from 3rd bottom at the end of the season. Stop worrying about Ben!!!

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  • Stuart

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Isn’t Santa Cruz always injured though?

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  • noir9

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #9

    We seem to have been linked with a couple of DM’s so thats possible & maybe a striker on lone. Best guess is we need afra on loan so that we can use the money elsewhere.

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  • noir9

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Has the other man citeh striker signed for wast spam yet? Can’t remember his bloody name.

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  • kikgras

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t mind being methodical, BUT if we are going to bring in a loan signing…then bring in a loan signing…bring in a name!!

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  • Flop

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #12

    noir9 – Caicedo hasn’t signed for the porn barons at West Ham yet heard he was stalling worried about 1st team action

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  • kikgras

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #13

    i only look at man city cuz the roster is bulging…but could come from anywhere!!!! still Adebayour in the balck and white would look mighty fine…course with our luck he’d tweak a friggin hammy 30 mins into his 1st match.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #14

    This Leroy Fer sounds just what we need. Why haven’t we heard any more about him. I thought he was on the verge of signing.

    ben Arfa or similar would be great, ie creativity and speed, but Fer sounds like the fast, physically strong 6 foot plus youthful defensive mid we desperately need. Otherwise it’s Smith I’m afraid and we go down again.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #15

    that seems very logical ed. marseille have def took
    a hit publicly over this whole sopopra. if i were
    a world class footballer (which i am not but
    hoping my son continues improving cuz he might be)
    i wouldnt want to play in france to begin with, but
    surely a player would think twice after seeing how
    they have treated ben arfa and how they have tried
    to trash our beloved club. funny thing is, even with us
    being in the championship last year i think we were
    ahead of them on the worlds biggest football clubs list.
    (we were 19th while in 2nd tier english football,
    if that doesnt show the class of the toon army nothing
    will.) anyway i believe this lad will be terrorizing
    villa at sjp saturday in black and white. howay the lads

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  • Flop

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought Smith did alright last night, I’m more worried about Nolan. He looked so off the pace.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #17

    What baffles me is the fact we have Jonas on the left and Routledge on the right but we have very few if any crosses coming in from either flank. Both of our wide men cut inside on most occasions and go direct instead of getting to the byline and whipping in crosses for our tall man Carroll. I think Routledge managed 2-3 crosses in the whole game while Jonas just cut inside time after time and Man utd just stepped up as a unit and easily took the ball off Jonas. Carroll has no pace at all so he has to rely on balls being crossed in from the left and the right. We have nobody at all to play a ball through the oppositions defence and we have nobody up front with pace to get on the end of it. Basically NUFC are p1ssing against the wind. We have to rely on snap shots from Carroll, Routledge or Nolan and the odd cross from either flank which are few and far between.

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  • Suthey

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda heights – You ever got anything good to say??? “Otherwise it’s Smith I’m afraid and we go down again” Get a grip pal Smith is good enough to keep us up, keep ya negativity to ya sell. As for the kid talkin about adebayor.. do one pal thought you were havin a laugh but now seems ya serious. Newcastle are good enough to stay up with what we have, two or three face would be a huge bonus.

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  • theloniousToon

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #19

    If we could get both Ben Arfa AND Leroy Fer, which remains a good possibility, then I would be over the moon! I think we would have an excellent chance to stay up and even a mid-table finish. Some better cover for Enrique and a proven EPL striker like Keane or possibly even Gudjohnsen would be nice but I hardly expect either to appear on Tyneside.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #20

    rotonda heights, i have wanted leroy fer at newcastle for ages, but if everton have been after him, we surely wont get him, it will be just paper talk no doubt.
    And I agree toon1978 routledge and jonas never get actual crosses in the box, ryan taylor would get more crosses in even if he played right back, its what carroll thrives on

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  • Suthey

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Geordie – R Taylor would be my choice RB when we play at home because he adds to the service to carrol and like you say he thrives on it. Pearch or simposn for away games because they are better defensivly

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  • Thump

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #22

    R. Taylor had a good pre-season. imo he should have been given a chance yesterday (maybe on the hour for Routledge or Perch).

    Should change the record, but despite the loss I’m quite happy with how we performed. Williamson and Routledge particularly impressed and Carroll as well. If AC keeps playing like he did today (in more of a free role, I suppose) I think he could be a notch or two below Rooney, he was active all over the pitch and put in a good defensive shift too (didn’t he used to play at left back?).

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #23

    r taylor would be a good choice to play right midfielder in away games also, because i think when we play with 2 out and out wingers away from home, we get caught out

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #24

    geordielad880

    I felt sorry for Jonas, all the effort to get the ball in the oppositions half and then he cuts inside only for Man utd to take the ball off him with total ease. Im sure Hughton knows better and surely he is telling his wide men to get the crosses into Carroll. Carroll will never beat a defence with pace but he will out jump most folk with a decent cross to head home on most occasions.

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  • Thump

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Actually, talking about surprising performances – Xisco did bloody well yesterday too. He made some great attacking, diagonal runs and he showed he could fight with the best of them.

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  • Suthey

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah good point geordie away games he could help out the defence but routledge done a lot of tracking back yesterday and looked brights on the counter, good option to have, Williamson was a different class last night, reminded me of andy obrian like no nonsence defending, loved it.

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  • Suthey

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Wouldnt mind an experianced forwad just to help bring along the likes of carrol,ranger,best,vuckic and xisco, even at coach level, shearer would be immence to get in the but could never see him just being a coach

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  • liamdee100

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #28

    sky sports are reporting that ben arfa is on the verge of leaving marseilles but they dont say where he is leaving for. Lets just hope its newcastle because his pace and creativity is definatly needed.

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  • moonraker

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #29

    We must be able to get a loan player from Man City if they’ve let Bellers go to Cardiff and still paying his wages rather than leave him out of their squad.
    The only reason he didn’t go to spurs was them being competitors for the top 4 which we are not!!

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  • noir9

    Aug 17, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Has that Fer rumour been mentioned anywhere else but the daily bigot, any link I read seems to only mention them……which probably means its bollocks.

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  • YANICK MALTA NUFC

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #31

    He’s full of talent this lad,let’s hope he’ll sign for the magpies as soon as possible.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A57R7Vtgot8

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  • moonraker

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Suthey (26) I dont know which match you were watching last night but Routledge was hopeless going forward AND defending. He gave the ball away every time he had a touch; it was suicidal of Hughton to leave him on 90 mins at Old Trafford :-((

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  • noir9

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Suthey – I agree with geordie, raylor would be a good option on the right. He’d give better cover for perch & can cross a ball. I’d try routledge in the number “10” role

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  • Flop

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Hmm Routledge in a number 10 role, he has all the attributes. Couldn’t do any worse playing off Andy than Nolan last night.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Suthey wake up man, it’s not being negative, it’s pointing out the bloody obvious, except to an ignorant moron.

    Smith has been relegated twice with different clubs. He’s admitted himself he can’t get round the pitch like he used to. Players like Smith and Nolan found their level last year. As soon as we go a level higher, they struggle.

    We have no pace or movement in the middle or up front, so we just bang it long to Carroll, with no clever through balls or cut backs on the deck for someone to run on to.

    We’ve known this all summer and if Fer and Arfa come in, it goes a long way to addressing those problems. That’s not being negative pal, that’s wanting a team with pace, creativiity and fitness.

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  • Gordo

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #36

    I just hope the Ben Arfa soap opera gets sorted fast it’s getting boring now.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Rotonda heights

    You are very correct mate lol!!!!!

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #38

    I have been saying play routledge off carroll for about 2 weeks now, any everyone slated me for saying it lol, saying he couldnt play there, i have always said its his best position, the same with collo, his best position is defensive midfield, he is also a very good passer, and could have kept scholes quiet better

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #39

    rotonda we do need pace and creativity, fer would be amazing, even ledley would have been an improvement on smith and nolan lol

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  • Thump

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Rotanda might have a particularly negative way of speaking a lot of the times, but he’s spot on with 35. If you can’t see that then you’re probably delusional.

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