Newcastle Surprisingly Could Still Land Hatem Ben Arfa


Olympique Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier has accused the Newcastle club of treating the French champions like fools over the Hatem Ben Arfa transfer.

Hatem Ben Arfa – and the saga continues ………….

We’ll not say too much about that – but the Marseilles President has hardly handled himself very professionally in this mess, as he has continually made statements which have been conflicting.

As it turns out the France international and his advisers have visited Werder Bremen this week to discuss a transfer to the club who have just transferred Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid for around £13M.

But there seems to be new upset in the Marseilles camp with Ben Arfa, because at a meeting at the Marseilles training ground yesterday, Ben Harfa was told the French club had not received an acceptable offer for him, and he was no longer for sale.

This seems like deja vu – all over again – doesn’t it?

So we have to assume that the news that Werder Bremen have bid £6.5M for the player may not be true, and there was some news yesterday that the German club were not that strong in their desire to take the 23 year-old to the Bundesliga.

Newcastle want to take the 23-year-old play maker on loan for this season, but the clubs have still not reached any agreement on that, and it now seems that Newcastle have refused to add an automatic buyout clause for the player assuming they stay in the Premier League this season.

We’re not sure why they will not do that but Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier said this late yesterday:

“I asked Newcastle to add an automatic buyout clause if they stay in the Premier League. They refused.”

“The English should not take us for idiots. They have seen what has happened with Hatem and are trying to take advantage. It would be better for him to go to Bremen. They are more serious.”

But bear in mind that the Marseilles club also said their striker Mamadou Niang was not for sale, before then selling him to Fenerbahce last week.

When asked if Ben Arfa would still be at the club at the end of the transfer window, Marseilles coach Didier Deschamps said:

“I don’t know. For now, he is not here and I cannot say what is going to happen. Nothing surprises me in the world anymore.”

Marseilles have completed the £13M signing of Loic Remy, and seem to have beaten out Spurs to the player’s signature, and are also interested in bringing in free agent Mikael Silvestre to the club.

But as far as the Ben Arfa saga goes – it still goes.

But surely an end is coming to this – and sooner rather than later hopefully – and it may be that Newcastle can still get their player – as surprising as that may seem.

Comments welcome.


113 comments so far

  • nicolnj

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #1

    *yawnnnn*

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I didn’t realize we were trying to sign Ben Arfa…

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Ben who???

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Ben Affleck I think.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Ooooh, I’ve got a good one:

    We’ve Ben Arfa this before 😆

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Ashley just told me to Ben Afra and take it like a man.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Woaah, what’s going on there, Toon XI? 😉

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Nothing Ashley hasn’t done to any other Toon fan in the past.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Touche

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  • Thump

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Who needs emmerdale when you have Newcastle?

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Emmerdale? I take it you’re well over 75?

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Yes, I call MA douche.

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  • Thump

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ll have you know I’m not a day over 74, hwtl!

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  • gorskino10

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #14

    What is there problem, i swear all this bad talk bout NUFC is just to make it into worldwide news sites and papers to get more interested parties to buy Ben Arfa.

    “The English should not take us for idiots”
    WHAT! we haven’t we agreed a Loan deal with a view to buy which you accepted and then pulled out last minute because you want him to be sold NOW for cash, we havent done nothing apart from things you agreed with its OM keep coming to papers saying he will stay then saying he will join NUFC then saying he will join Werder then stating he wont join either clubs! OM you sure your not an idiot?

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  • toonruz

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #15

    i think he will be a newcastle player today simple as that

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #16

    sounds like a mix of old news, i heard all thisyesterday, i think that this thing is confusing.. ive heard reports that ben arfa is back on tyneside…

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #17

    i think ed has gotten confused because this is old news…all this happened yesterday and the day before…

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  • MacToon

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #18

    htl, nice post 5 😆

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  • JIMMYBOBNUFC4LIFE

    Aug 20, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #19

    THIS IS CRAZY A STORY HOW MANY CHAPTERS IS THIS TRANSFER GOING TO HAVE NO BODY SEEMS TO REMEMBER THAT DOWN IT STARTED BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT AND THE MANGER TELT HIM THEY NO LONGER WANTED HIM AT THE CLUB SO COULD HE FIND SOME WHERE ELSE TO PLAY HIS FOOTBALL AND LOOK FOR A NEW CLUB HE FINALLY GETS A NEW CLUB IT BEING NEWCASTLE AS WE ALL NO AND HAVE DONE 4 SO LONG NOW THEN THEY GIVE HELL FOR DOIN WHAT THEY TOLD HIM TO DO FIND A CLUB??? HBA…. BLOWS UP “SNAPS” BECAUSE THY ARE TREATING HIM LIKE PROPERTY NOT A HUMAN!!!! HE GETS THE NEXT PLANE TO NEWCASTLE FOR THE WEEKEND WITH HIS PEOPLE TO TRY AND SORT SOME WAY FOWARD …..HAS A LOOK AT ST JAMES PARK AND LOVES IT WITH PLACE AND HAD NOTHING BUT NICE THINGS TO SAY C.H HOW HE UNDERSTANDS HIM etc CASHLEY MUST OF SPOKE TERMS PLUS ABOUT HOW HE FITS IN AND WHAT CHRIS WANTS FROM HIM GOES HOME AND WE NEVER HEARD A WORD FROM HATAM BEN AFRO ?????WHY IS HE NOT TALKING OR IS HE????ITS BEEN 3 or 4 DAYS SINCE HE SWORE NEVER TO TRAIN… PLAY…. TALK TO Didier Deschamps EVER AGAIN IM MENTALLY DRAINED Iv been convinced on 3 different times that we finally had him why awful fat stinking rotting cockney prick just buy him he,s worth more then 5million euros only 23 HOW WAY THE LADS

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  • Thump

    Aug 20, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Can anybody explain to me what number 19 has just said? I think he’s a WUM but I start shutting down after seeing so many capital letters.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 20, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #21

    look be easy number 19. There are current reports that benarfa is back on tyneside. All that stuff ed just wrote is days old. Weder bremen were suppose to get him, only they dont want him. Ac milan were gonna get him but they dont want him. Marseille president is making all this shit up trying to get newcastle to just buy him. Report i heard is that it may have worked. Word is medical tommorow at sjp. Cashley may have bought him permanantly…

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  • stunna

    Aug 20, 2010 at 4:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Sounds like it’s going really well. I’m convinced we’ll sign him tomorrow.

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 20, 2010 at 4:44 AM

    Comment #23

    They will hold on this deal until the last day of transfer market to wait for new offer from another club. Good for their club but what the unprofessional they are.

    Always try to use public to make them look good and I don’t think we fool them but their president is just Sxxx !

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  • john_cena163

    Aug 20, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #24

    If the news is
    Dat he in newcastle, dat wl make ma day better…by nite da deal wl b done den.

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  • Zadi

    Aug 20, 2010 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Heard from a dude working in sportcenter that Newcastle inquired about Liverpool flop Alberto Aquilani! any truth in this?

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  • Dude

    Aug 20, 2010 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Another tedious post on a tedious blog.

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  • Thump

    Aug 20, 2010 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #27

    So why are you here, Dude? Did you really come by and (potentially) make an account just to post that?

    Grow up, mate.

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #28

    I bet you if the blogs stopped posting story after story regarding Ben Arfa, he’ll sign for us because the muppet in charge at Marseille will think we’ve had enough & that he won’t get anymore coloum space, so will just let the transfer go through!!! 🙁

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  • dashu9

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #29

    what if we get Ben Arfa, Skeljbred, and Fer?

    No place to Smudge, Mushy Barton, and probably even Spidy lol 😀

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  • scoundreldays

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #30

    So today is FINALLY the day where we see a player actually sign??? Come on Benny boy!

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  • noir9

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #31

    @25 – jog on you tube.

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #32

    I’ve just signed my contract with NUFC you heard it here first and it’s true, i just signed up to NUFC.TV hehe

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #33

    feel like christmas eve, could it be true, no more ben afra stories after today??!
    sound to good to be true…

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  • WesJameson

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #34

    Anyone see, that Possebon*(spelling) from Manure, has gone back to santos on a four year deal…. Once again where the Fekking hell were we???? Very good talent

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #35

    dashu9,
    you have obviously been taking the tablets again, you know it’s not going to happen NUFC need 6 months to sign 3 players not 6 days, anyway just seen ashley at the cashpoint, i asked what he was upto and he said that he was getting the money out to but a player, but i said you can only withdraw £250 per day at which point he looked at me blank, and said hmmm might even get 2 he smiled and walked off

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #36

    Sorry guy’s i’ve resorted to spouting b0ll0cks, i’m going to work now with the hope that we sign an extra groundsman or boot cleaner or anyone foe that matter JUST SIGN SOMEONE i’m bored of this crap “*bang* head on wall hard”

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  • WesJameson

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Today is the day that once again, Mike Ashley shows us just how much he cares for NUFC……………… a big fat ZERO, there will be NO Ben Arfa, Just like all previous transfer windows under The Fat One…..c’mon Mike prove me wrong, i dare you

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  • dashu9

    Aug 20, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #38

    @Toonmania

    lol

    I wish that fat guy has atleast that much left in his account. Or it is showing “not enough balance” 😀

    Think we fans have to plan to raise funds to buy players now ..

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  • bobby_ollox

    Aug 20, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #39

    My uncle eric works at B&Q , and he says Ben Arfa was in there last night to buy some picture hooks. He asked him what he wanted them for, and he said ” I am looking to ‘ang some oignons in ze kitchenl of my nouveau flat, up in Jesmond” only he pronounced it Zjesss Mond, like someone from France might. He’s never wrong……
    …. except when he says he saw Ashley and Cheryl in choosing new wallpaper for the nursery. He was wrong then like.

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 20, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #40

    where is that crazy gooose with all the info when we need him.

    my team against villa.

    —————–Harper———————

    Rylor—-Collo———-willo——–Bullo

    ———-Nolan——–Barton—————

    Rout————————————spider
    ————Mcloven—————————
    ————————-Carroll………………..

    Moast realistic and a deasent tem that will struggle for a point

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