Werder Bremen Bid £6.5M For Marseilles Star Ben Arfa


Werder Bremen have made a whopping £6.5 bid for Marseilles star Ben Arfa today.

Ben Arfa – decision today?

And the French champions have promised the German club an answer today, on whether their  offer is acceptable, while as we reported yesterday, Italian giants AC Milan have also entered the race for the 23 year-old.

Marseilles have sold two of their strikers – Mamadou Samassa to Valenciennes – and Mamadou Niang to Fenerbahçe, and news earlier in the week was that they were looking for two forwards, and it looked like if they could get them in, then Ben Arfa would be allowed to leave the club, but to which club?

AC Milan have offered Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as a swap deal for Ben Arfa, but this is unlikely to happen with Marseilles so short of money.

Werder Bremen of course have just sold Mesut Özil to Real Madrid yesterday for a cool £20M, and have the funds to change things around, and that may even happen today.

The news is that they have offered Ben Arfa a four-year deal worth around £70,000 a week, which is something Newcastle cannot possibly match.

So this long running saga may be coming to an end  with Newcastle United seemingly missing out on a player who could have done a big job for us this coming season – and that’s not good news.

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65 comments so far

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Aug 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    bbye to arfa, bbye to success..if i cant sack, i would like to sack Ashley…and maybe welcome back ccl

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  • paddyq

    Aug 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    still have to see whether or not hatem would be interested to go there.

    but i must admit its not looking very good for us at the moment…

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  • kentonmags

    Aug 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    a deals not done till its done im still confident arfa will sign for the toon and make his debut against villa on sunday.

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  • gunnarnufc

    Aug 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Damn. We missed a cracking player, but it might be a blessing in disguise as he is after all a raging idiot. But he sure has talent.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 18, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    No German team (maybe apart from Bayern Munich) pays 70k per week. This story is pure fabrication, here we’re in a dream world it seems like

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    The point is he wants to play in EPL and the deal may happen but i must admit i dont feel that he would be a newcastle player. never mind as CH would say the price was not right.

    Ch would never get fired as long as he keeps mike ashley’s ASS clean.

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  • jim

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    if ya messin about with loan offers followed by installments per games played etcetc, u will always lose out to a cash offer-another one bites the dust-70 000 a week tho? we wouldnt wana pay him that anyway……he may still sign- we never know…..lol

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  • Davies

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Hasn’t he already turned Werder Bremen down once? He said that he wanted to play in the Premier League and that Chris Hughton “understands” him.

    This is a ridiculous situation to be in. If he wants to play in the EPL he’ll come to us, no matter what else is offered. It would be a shame if he ended up taking a move elsewhere because his club have obstinantly refused to do business with Newcastle.

    I’m sure he won’t want to sit around doing nothing and he doesn’t want to play for Marseille anymore. If they won’t deal with us, it’ll have to be somewhere else, whether he likes it or not.

    If it means that much to come here, he’ll come here. Whatever it costs him personally. He did, afterall, turn up here last week.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    So he’ll go to one of the clubs I support.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Arsenal are ready with a £12.5M offer for Arfa

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Bremen’s Offer is £8M cash

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  • paddyq

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    arsenal? 12.5? Believe it when i see it NUFC_Richy

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah why pay 12.5 when he is available for 6. and the source is some website named Caught offside. dont believe it. not to arsenal.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    lol well lucky u geordiegerman!

    IMO stories like these will always happen when deals are in the public eye for so long and not wrapped up quickly.

    I cant honestly see werder wanting to sign ben arfa when they just recieved 20m and could get someone on the next level. I mean ozil looked a class above Ben Arfa, lets not beat around the bush here lol.

    OM will concede defeat to Ben Arfa today, open talks again with Newcastle tonight and tomoz Benny will be in toon signing autographs. << remember this

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  • paddyq

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    http://www.goal.com/fr/news/33/transferts/2010/08/18/2075996/transferts-le-journal-des-transferts?

    these guys claim that the player has agreed with bremen.

    HOWEVER, it is goal.com, and regardless of what language it is in translates to BullS**t.com

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Magpietillidie22, Hope you’re right.

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  • I LOVE THE TOON

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    arsenal bid is fake and werder bid is not meant to be true aswell he is defo coming to newcastle he said thts where he wonts to go and i dont think he will change his mind when he was in newcastle airport i was coming back from france and i seen him so i went and asked him are you comin gto newcastle he sed he will try to seal a deal and i said wht will happen if another club comes in 4 you he said newcastle is my dream no matter if it real madrid or barca that wonts me when my heart is set on a deal and thats the team i wont and yes he can speak english !!!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19

    this deal all depends on what the player wants whether its pl or bundisliga, he said the other day ch understands him so theyve spoke, it dosent matter if someone bids 20mill they cant force him to go any were, r loan deal works out at nearly 6mill wit the option to buy anyway, the french reporter on talksport said benfica had bid accepted on monday but arfa said he wud only come to us

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    paddy q –

    the website (with translation) says :

    Werder have submitted an offer of € 8M for Hatem Ben Arfa. The player, meanwhile, would have agreed with the German club.

    No when a website gets translated words always go missing and here its obvious it means this:

    Werder have submitted an offer of € 8M for Hatem Ben Arfa. The player, meanwhile, would have TO agree with the German club.

    So basically its saying an offer has been made (which i doubt completely) but the player has yet to agree to leave

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  • Oba

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #21

    Not going to get him. Taken too long to agree a fee.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #22

    I LOVE TOON –

    come off it lol, do you really want us to believe that….

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  • hitman

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #23

    move on ben arfa wont be coming.

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  • I LOVE THE TOON

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #24

    well i was in airport with him at that time and i asked him and thats what he has told me ! NO LIES!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #25

    hitman –

    I’ll make a deal with you, if we sign Benny you come on here and create an entire article based on apologising for being negative lol if he doesnt sign here then i will come on and apologise to you

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #26

    CH would please stop being a muppet and act fast. also he can be just as good as ozil. give the boy a chance.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #27

    If this is true and he goes there then I will hope more protests will e in order at villa just like a year ago when hull visited us!
    Hopefully this is bullshit!

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  • hitman

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #28

    deal 🙂

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  • I LOVE THE TOON

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #29

    magpietillidie22 –

    y do u always have to be involed what people say go and get lost and we will wait and see what happens it will probs be a load of bull shit that bid

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  • kentonmags

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #30

    if you read the papers last week arfa said he was a fan of the toon when he was a kid and had all our shirts so maybe thats why he wants to sign for us.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #31

    i hate to keep going on bout the french reporter on talksport but he said they had cash offers but they looked like they were gonna hav to accept are offer of loan wit option to buy bcoz arfa wants to move here n he also said he will b one of the highest paid players at the club when he joins

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Complete bull…. all these reports are crap-loids trying to sell papers to mugs who read them & get excited about someone coming to there club… whoops, that us isn’t it.. lol

    If he comes, then great, if he goes elsewhere, then so be it, I’m completely fed-up with rumours & lies & crap-loid stories that aren’t true, maybe I’ll start my own blog us, saying Messi, Ronaldo, Tevez are coming to the Toon, to see how many people read it… thats all these stories are, hits on someone stats… boring!!!!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #33

    I LOVE TOON –

    Dont get shirty cos someone pulled you on a make believe meeting with Ben Arfa lol and I reply to comments because, so your aware of this, this is a FORUM. Ya know where people comment and debate on an article. jesus.

    Hitman – lol sweet, i’ll enjoy reading your apologetic piece 😀

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  • ballbag

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #34

    kentonmags- would love to see some quotes that confirm this. I am sure google could find the story?

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #35

    Kentonmags –

    Is that true? about supporting toon? I never saw that, sounds good!

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  • paddyq

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #36

    magpietillidie22-

    yeah im aware of the shortcomings of these translators, and i guess the english version is open to interpretation.

    however i do recall that he knocked back werder once already, and from what it sounds like he wants to join us, so lets all hope he does end up a newcastle player.

    and as i and many others have said before, lets hope this gets sorted out asap, because it is becoming a very arduous ordeal listening to all the bs. i dont trust any of those french sites as much as i dont trust the daily mail and the like.
    all that counts are words from hatems mouth or the NUFC.CO.UK website

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  • kentonmags

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #37

    ballbag try google it as it also said that berbatov was a toon fan aswell which i didnt know

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #38

    paddyq –

    *applauds* well said that man

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #39

    if we get him great if we dont move on, i hav faith he wants to come here why would he turn up in toon other wise, i aint seen him goin to germany ppl r forgetting we agreed n did everthing OM asked then they backed out, thats arfa was pi**ed off in the first place

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #40

    this does need sorted one way or another today id b happy if we signed him n no else he is class

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