Most Newcastle fans will have been a little surprised by yesterday’s news that Newcastle are close to getting Ben Arfa on a season-long loan deal, and also are trying to get Robbie Keane on Tyneside.
Robbie Keane – while on loan at Celtic earlier this year
As far as the Robbie Keane move is concerned, Chris Hughton of course knows the player extremely well, having coached him at Tottenham, and been involved as a coach for the Ireland side too.
Add to that the fact that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp also seems willing to make a deal with Newcastle, a club he almost became manager at back in January of 2008, and the deal may indeed happen.
Hughton talked about the Robbie Keane news today:
“His name has been mentioned and that is what we would expect at this stage. We are close to the end of the transfer window.”
“He is, though, a player who I know very well. “There is an association there and a connection.”
So Chris is hardly denying that something may be going on behind the scenes with Robbie, Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur.
Hughton also confirmed there have been some new developments on Ben Arfa, as he said today:
“There have been some discussions with Ben Arfa and at the moment they are still ongoing.” “Ben Arfa is a player who can play in the striker position, the two wide positions or just off the front.”
“We’ve just got to make sure, as I have continually said, that by the time the window shuts we have the squad that is capable of getting us through the down periods when we’ll have injuries.”
It would be just great if Newcastle could tie up this pair of players for next season, and then with already bringing in James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sol Campbell and Cheick Tiote, the club will have significantly strengthened the squad during this transfer window.
We would still need Steven Taylor to sign his new contract by next Tuesday, and things in Newcastle’s garden could look quite rosy, especially if we can also beat Wolves tomorrow afternoon.