Werder Bremen Surprisingly Deny Any Interest In Ben Arfa


The saga involving Ben Arfa and his move away from Marseilles seems to get queerer and queerer every day.

Ben Arfa – could still arrive at Newcastle

The news of the last two days has been that the French International has been visiting German club Werder Bremen, who have £13M from just having sold German star Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid.

The news suggested the German club had made an outright offer of £6.5M for the Frenchman, and offered him high wages too, but that may have all been hogwash.

Just last night Werder Bremen’s Sporting Director Klaus Allofs denied the club were about the sign the Frenchman, and made this statement:

“We do not need a replacement for Mesut.” “While we always look for players to improve ourselves, Ben Arfa is not one of them.”

As we suggested last night this could mean that Newcastle are still in with a chance of signing Ben Arfa, but Marseilles wanted Newcastle to put in a clause in their loan offer, that they would sign the player outright at the end of the season, if they were still in the Premier League.

Newcastle have refused to do that – and exactly why they refused we have no idea.

But maybe Ben Arfa is still determined to come to Newcastle, and if that is indeed true, Marseilles may have no other choice but to send him on loan to Newcastle – after looking at all other options available – none of which may work out.

The Newcastle club have said absolutely nothing – zippo – about Ben Arfa so far, in this now rather long running saga of stage and screen.

That fact alone seems to be really upsetting Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier, who is said to be trying to start a bidding war for the 23 year-old, to up the price of Ben Arfa’s loan deal.

We’d like this saga to end soon, one way or the other, and preferably with the lad finally arriving on Tyneside – and if he does come to St. James’  Park it will be another  coup for the Newcastle  club – make no mistake about that.

Comments welcome.


70 comments so far

  • Teamstoof

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Please Ed dont write any more articles about Afra untill its official what club he signs for, its so boooooring….

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  • sweendog

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #2

    who is ben arfa? 🙂

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  • deeza

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    agreed!!

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  • Flop

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    And so it goes on…wonder what the odds are for him to be stuck in limbo at OM at the end of the transfer window

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  • jimmymac

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    If you don’t wanna read then don’t click into it…….simples!!

    Ed…..Keep writing!

    I think he will end up at us, much to L’OM’s dismay! Players usually get what they want and he seems to want to play for us. I hope CH holds firm and doesnt put an automatic buy clause in if we stay up, he seems to be tempermental, and a years trial seems ideal!!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #6

    At last something about Ben Arfa… !

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  • sweendog

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7

    see the mirror are saying we’re in for Cheick Tiote – the ivorian..

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  • deeza

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    LA LA LA LALALALA LALALA GEORDIES!

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  • nufc1984

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #9

    I think eds posts are great, but the wording of this is a bit weird. He uses the phrase “another coup” I’m sorry, but would u call the last 3 signings coups? I wouldn’t say any of them have been! not like we had to beat off our rivals with a stick to sign them. And with th equally tiresome ben arfa saga we aren’t even competing with any other clubs, and yet still we can’t tie the deal down!! Our negotiating team are garbage.

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  • MOONDUST

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    jimmymac > I hope CH holds firm and doesnt put an automatic buy clause in if we stay up

    its got f-all to do with CH he is just fat mans puppet

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11

    ‘ and if he does come to St. James’ Park it will be another coup for the Newcastle club’

    no, Ed – we have made no coups so far – we have signed a cripple, a fatty and a little boy NONE OF THESE ARE COUPS!
    Chris Hughton has been disgraceful in this transfer market and has just a week to make up for it!
    although playing the silent game has been a decent idea, he needs to speak to the fans regarding ben arfa to say whether he hopes to get him or he is no longer interested IT IS THAT CONTACT WE DESERVE!

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  • jimmymac

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    @ nufc1984 – i’d say be beat off a few people for Campbell and Gosling.

    Moondust – If its “fat mans” decision, then it is equally as shrewd!!

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  • mag_pie-eater

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Why would we have an auto buy clause in if we stay up? What happens if he is S**t all season and we stay up? We still have to buy him. What happens if he gets a serious injury? We have to buy (yet another) crock.

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  • lewman

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #14

    gosling could be seen as a coup, he could be an england international in a couple of years for all anyone knows.

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  • toonboyjake

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    whoa whoa whoa, we’re linked with ben arfa?? total mindblow

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    I agree mag_pie-eater

    Total tosh.

    If the reason Arfa does not come is:

    OM have said yes, you can loan him for a year, but at the end of the year you HAVE TO BUY him, no matter what.

    Then I am happy with that.

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  • nufc1984

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Jimmymac – no one elses interest was ever confirmed and he has probablly had the most career threatening injury a footballer can have. Its ok if u buy a player who’s recovered and proved he’s ok, but gosling is now under a four year contract and no one knows how he’ll come back. I’d say not many would be taking the chance we have. As much as I think it will pay off it’s never a guarantee, depends how he heals.

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  • Davies

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #18

    I can definitely understand why we wouldn’t want an automatic buy clause, but I can kind of see it from Marseille’s point of view; suppose we get a belter of a season for £800,000 and then send him back crocked. Much harder to sell then.

    I would like him here. Of all the players we’ve been linked with in this window, he’s the only one that makes me think we’re showing ambition. He’s the only foreign player we’ve been linked with that I know that much about.

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  • jimmymac

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #19

    I think it was pretty well documented that Everton wanted to keep hold of him and Bolton were interested. I agree about the injury, but off watching him play a few times, and considering his age, he is worth the risk as a free transfer.

    I would have loved to see Weiss come in on loan with view to permanent deal.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #20

    This squad should be ours when it comes to naming it:
    GK – Harper, Krul, Soderberg………..3

    D- Perch, Simpson,S.Taylor, Williamson,Campbell,Coloccini, Enrique, Tavernier + left back cover on loan……..9

    M- Routledge, Jonas, Barton, Guthrie, Nolan, Vuckic, Smith , Ben Arfa + DM or Winger on loan deal……………..9

    F- Carrol, Lovenkrands, Xisco, Ameobi….4

    Ranger loaned to champioship
    Forster loaned out again, Kadar also loaned out as he deserves first team games (both to championship)
    Ferguson and Donaldson to League 2 loans
    Lua Lua League 1 loan
    Gosling replaces loaned midfielder when back in January with Best fitting in somewhere also hopefully.
    Ryan Taylor sold hopefully

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  • toontim

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    I can’t believe this is still going on yes i would love him to sign, but blimey i’m struggling to stay awake with all the rubbish that is being reported on this. lets just sign him or forget him and concentrate on winning the game on Sunday.

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  • howay man

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #23

    We obviously wern’t in for weiss otherwise we would have signed him instantly. The Ben Arfa deal has taken so long and got us all excited and frustrated that it would just be typical for another premier league club to come in from nowhere and offer the low 5 million pricetag and get him from under our feet. Im gunna say Wigan.

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  • roy cropper

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #24

    the last time blooper paid a million spondoolicks for the loan of a player (nacho) we were supoze to get the pick of the up and coming south american talent in return !! – where the fck are they ???? ..

    they must’a forgot – i’ll send them an e-mail reminding them..

    problem solved.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    There’s a problem with ya squad players under 21 don’t need to b named init but can still play, so u can take gosling,vukic,traviner etc out of it

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  • maltese NUFC

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Hi lads the euqipe just ran an article were it states that the presentation to the media of Loric Remy at l’OM has been postponed for the second time.
    they said that it might be contractual complications

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  • Flop

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #27

    maltese NUFC
    Couldnt be that l’OM are getting a taste of their own medicine.

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  • Phil K

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #28

    WTF is going on at NUFC ?
    We desperately need strengthening and it’s not happening. Ridiculously, Blackpool are outdoing us, and while they played another of the sides who will be down among the dead men, while we and WBA played the top 2 away, it makes you wonder what the hell is happening.
    Very little it seems.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Remy deal has hit a snag due a cardiac anomaly on his medical

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #30

    @ geordielad880 // Aug 20, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Is that why he did not join Stoke?

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  • Tommy Gibb

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #31

    “We desperately need strengthening and it’s not happening.”

    You know that, I know that, Fat Ash knows that, the problem is that he longer gives a donald duck about NUFC or its fans. He is here only to take what money he can out of the club.
    Get used to it!

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #32

    nufc_richyg01

    I have no idea mate, i dont think the stoke talks got that far, its in the french press about the cardiac problems, so the deal could well be off, they are getting specialist advice, as it affects insurance etc

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #33

    geordielad –

    but SSN said he signed a 5 yr deal?

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #34

    thats what i thought, and now i have gone back on google, all the stories about the aborted unveiling or remy and the cardiac stuff has gone 🙁 im very confused

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #35

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11810_6323795,00.html

    signed, cant do anything after pen to paper. No 14 day return policy on players… unfortunately lol

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #36

    i know mate i thought the same, wonder if it was bogus, a few people commented on the aborted press conference, they have cancelled the last two which were scheduled to unveil him

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #37

    So OM play silly buggers even when they are buying players!

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  • scoundreldays

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Craigcoozy? You out there? What the latest on Benny boy? Anyone else know ? help me I’m getting that anxiety attack again… lol

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #39

    scoundreldays –

    i was one of the guys saying itll happen, i thought after the remy deal it would definitely happen BUT here we are….

    Now i just cant see it, as sad as that it to admit! Obviously i hope im wrong and theres still time but, i duno, if it was gonna happen today was the day imo

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #40

    nufc_richygo1

    I dont think its OM mate, i think its ust people making stuff up, because of the press conferences etc. where has craigcoozy gone, he was on earlier, if it was the real one that is

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