Chris Hughton has talked once again about bringing new players into Newcastle, and the latest on the Ben Arfa saga – which is still going on.
Ben Arfa – uncertainty surrounds this boy’s immediate future
One thing that was obvious to anybody watching the game last night, was that Newcastle do not have sufficient class in their side to survive very easily in the Premier League this season.
So new signings just must be made in the next two weeks, and Chris Hughton was asked today if he was close to bringing in any new signings, and this is what he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Not at the moment.” “It’s still a work in progress, but nothing I can confirm.” It’s either a long two weeks, or a short two weeks.”
“We’ve continually said we want to bring players in, and I’m very confident we’ll have bodies in by the end of that two-week period.”
And as reported yesterday 23 year-old Ben Arfa is now back in France after his bid to force a loan move to Newcastle didn’t work out, after he and his representatives flew into Newcastle on Friday afternoon.
The 23-year-old was called back to France yesterday, and we really have no idea what will happen now, but the Evening Chronicle seems to think the chances of him now ending up at Newcastle are not very good.
What his future will be at Marseilles is hard to gauge, and he may still be sent out on loan for the season, as at least a short term solution – but in truth the Marseilles club have hardly handled the proposed deal to Newcastle very well at all.
The latest of many statements from the Marseilles President Jean Claude Dassier is the following:
“We recommend a situation where we negotiate with Hatem rather than have a confrontation.”
Ben Arfa’s club are said to be looking for a couple of forwards, so we have no idea what that means for the youngster’s future at the South of France club, but it cannot be too good.
He’d be much better of on loan somewhere for the season – hey – why not Newcastle United?