Hatem Ben Arfa Deal Agreed By Newcastle?


Well – would you believe it – 23 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa’s move to Newcastle United may be back on – and that’s according to new reports coming out of  France and a report in today’s Evening Chronicle.

Hatem Ben Arfa – interesting Newcastle again?

The Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier has said today that a deal with Newcastle has now been agreed.

The French club have agreed to loan out the French international, now that an additional clause the French club wanted in the contract – to make the deal permanent should he play more than 25 matches – has been agreed to by the Newcastle club.

It is thought the fee will be around £5M to sign the player permanently after 25 matches.

Ben Arfa travelled to Tyneside just two weeks ago, in an attempt to arrange his own move to the Premier League club,  but couldn’t talk with Newcastle because no deal had been agreed with Marseilles at that time.

Newcastle are yet to respond to the claims from Marseilles, but this news is not that surprising if  it is true, since news that other clubs were supposedly linked with the player seem to have been unfounded.

These clubs have included Werder Bremen, Liverpool, AC Milan and even Manchester United.

So far in his career Ben Arfa has played 178 first class games with 26 goals for Lyon and Marseilles – and that’s about the same number of games that Steven Taylor has played for Newcastle, so the lad is quite experienced.

If the news is indeed true, and of course we have no idea whether the reports in France are true this time around – what a saga this one has been – this will come as a big lift to Newcastle fans.

While the lad may be difficult to handle,  he’s nevertheless a wonderful footballer with sublime skills, and is just the type of players fans love to see at St. James’ Park.

We hope it’s true.

Comments welcome.



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197 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #1

    no sh*t 🙂 .. only messing

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  • sweendog

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q56pTeso0-Y

    heres what we’re getting ..

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ll not believe it until it is officialy announced on nufc.co.uk.

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  • Oleg G

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, easy on the keyboard, your thoughts are faster then your fingers.

    and about HBA – if its true – N.I.C.E

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #5

    OM president is lying through his teeth again

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  • Beardo86

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #6

    cant wait for this to come to a conclusion, be nice to get him settled into the squad and everyone knowing where they stand. We need depth and despite the Villa result we still desperately need flair,will be ecstatic once/IF we get it sorted

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Another misleading headline Ed.

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #8

    ” sinc eohter lcubs suppopoedly ”

    Bartender, I’ll have whatever he is having.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #9

    OM president has said similar before!

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Are you sure Ed ? 555 I think it’s just only 50/50 now

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  • Magforlife

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Hope this is true, he looks real quality. BUT remember this is Newcastle and nothing goes smoothly. Lets wait until we hear officially

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  • Penguin PJ

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #12

    5 more days 2go..5 more days 2go..5 more days 2go

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    So is he in toon as suggested!?

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  • Sinner

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #15

    what wiki says
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatem_Ben_Arfa#

    Already a newcastle player.
    😀

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  • gunnarnufc

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh ok, so this is what.. the 5th time we sign him this summer? Give me a break.

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  • kentonmags

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #17

    im convinced now he will sign for the toon and what a class player he is could be the end for guthrie or smith i think.

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Have we been linked to Ben Arfa prior to today????

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  • liamdee100

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    SSN reported this the earlier on today so hopefully that means there is some truth in it, but they also said marsielles are stull waiting to see if bremen make an offer.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Lee Ryder beat you to it Ed and so it everyone on this blog haha

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Richygo1 –

    lmao, i think your right!

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #22

    haha Richy

    Anyway, I would just like to thank all you fellow toon followers in getting my hopes up once again – hopefully unlike every other big transfer this one does not actually fall through

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    it wont be end for smith.he jus appointed as vice captain.guthrie im not sure

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #24

    @ kentonmags // Aug 26, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    I dont think so, We need squad numbers, and Hoots likes to use up the subs in a gam, also
    Smith & Guthrie’s injury records aint the best so one may be fit when one is injured!

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #25

    hey is SSN reliable?..if its so..hopes are raised again

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #26

    is arfa is dealed in..i guess this deal surpass other clubs’s transfer eg. blackpool, west ham, wigan, west brom

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #27

    if*

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  • kentonmags

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #28

    cant see smith sitting on the bench and i cant see him getting a game infront of barton, ben arfa, or nolan.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #29

    So is this for real or not? lol

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Richy-

    Thanks a lot. I just had to change my pants because I pissed on myself laughing at that picture. 🙂

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  • marleysmoths

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #31

    i hope this is true if you check ben arfa on his wikipedia it says hes already a newcastle player just like it did with chiok tiote fingers x

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #32

    If we can sign HBA, It will be good challenge for Routledge and Nolan (if CH want to play him on behind striker position)

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #33

    i cant see arfa is being dealed in

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  • liamdee100

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #34

    has tiote been granted his work permit yet?? because i havent heard anything more mentioned about it.

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  • a.l 9

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Kenton Smith is a DM, Ben Arfa coming in won’t affect Smith at all, if anyone i’d replace Routlege, has the pace and skill but just hasn’t got the vision or footballing brain to do anything with it, good player to come on against tired legs though.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #36

    @ Toon XI // Aug 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Could Even be Ca$hley over Jonas’s right shoulder!

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  • kentonmags

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #37

    No nought yet on tiote or arfa i said it earlier if arfa is on his way over it will take a few hours to sort a medical and contract out so my guess is tomorrow morning before anything is official.

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #38

    tiote not granted work permit yet.
    i wont replace arfa with routledge..cos arfa being promised in central attackin role..one CM will be sacrificed

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Liam-

    NUFC had formal work permit meeting on Wednesday afternoon I believe.

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  • moonraker

    Aug 26, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Who was it said HBA was too big a player for a club of Newcastle’s status???

    We’re on a roll!! cmooon

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