Marseilles Confirm Newcastle Ben Arfa Agreement


Ben Arfa is expected to be in Newcastle today,  and may even eventually sign for the Newcastle club,  after an on- again off-again saga that would have graced Hollywood this summer.

Ben Arfa – expected on Tyneside today

But don’t expect Newcastle to say anything at all, until the player is signed, and everything is completely wrapped up with the deal.

The transfer strategy at Newcastle is to say nothing on anything, until the deal is done, and we applaud that, and it means things are possible in the transfer market without letting other clubs know too much about what is going on.

That’s a lot different to when Graeme Souness used to tell the press everything he was doing and even thinking in the transfer market, and it’s much more productive for the club too, if a little frustrating for the gossip press.

Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier is not so silent of course,  and last night confirmed they have agreed a deal with Newcastle for Ben Arfa,  with the winger due to fly in for talks.

Dassier said last night:

“He will travel to Newcastle tomorrow,” “They have offered to raise the price for the option-to-buy if Hatem plays 25 matches,  and also pay the five per cent of the cost to FIFA.”

“We will respond.”  “After that it’s up to Hatem to agree a deal.” “We have to finish this story as soon as possible.”

We’ve thought this one was done and dusted before, so we’ll have to see that this time it comes to a successful conclusion.

Of course one issue that has been raised are the wage demands of the player – so we suppose it’s possible for everything to be agreed but then for Ben Arfa to pull out,  because he’s not getting the wages he wants.

We really hope that doesn’t happen.

But if the deal is done, it’s another coup for the Newcastle club in this transfer window, make no mistake about that, and it will also have been another good transfer window for the club.

So whether you love or hate Mike Ashley,  the club has made some good signings during these last two transfer windows, and made some excellent deals too.

But Mike is a businessman,  pure and simple, and refuses to throw money away like some clubs are doing – like Manchester City – and some, like Newcastle, have done in the past.

Comments welcome.


61 comments so far

  • Teamstoof

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Deja vu, hope this is the end of this story, and love to se him in stripes at home next game against Blackpool..

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  • Ess

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    its fantastic news! :))

    PS! first 😉

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  • Ess

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    F**k! 😛

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  • Toony Montana

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    The most encouraging thing I have read this morning:

    Chris Hughton was interviewed this morning in the usual weekend pre-match conference. He is quoted as saying “Discussions are on-going and hopefully it’s something that can be done.”

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  • seoultoon

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Finally!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    ANYONE SEEN HIM IN TOON YET??

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Until he’s standing in a Black and White shirt I’ll not raise any hopes. Get him over, look after him properly and finish this deal off so we can all move on with things!

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  • nufclewizc

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    lol chris hughton on ssn asked about robbie keane and he said pure speculation but he couldn’t keep the grin off his face! 😀

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  • toonster88

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    good.shud have done deal earlier so could play against wolves.can he still?

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Exciting if it comes to an end! Great job CH !
    Could never dream of signing a player like him with the current regime.

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  • Magforlife

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    What happened to Liverpool’s interest? They must have spare cash now.
    Not popping any corks just yet

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Until the dust is settled on September 1st I see no grounds for calling it a successful transfer window. We had an OK but depleted Fizzy squad that would still struggle away to the likes of Blackpool, Bristol, Derby & Scunny, so we needed serious reinforcements after last summer’s enforced exodus.

    Let’s not talk it up – yet! Until we get a proven goalscorer like Kenny Miller (HBA isn’t, even if he signs) and solid LB cover then we will still struggle.

    HBA still has the scent of being a Trophy Signing in my book, and could go on to cause more problems than he is worth. I will keep an open mind.

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  • colwell

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    BEN ARFA BEN ARFA now I finally think he is about to sign Hughton NEVER says anything o transfers until it happens and TIOTE has been granted a work permit turing out to be a good day for the TOON!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Liverpool just sold Mascherano to Barca so hurry and sign HBA now before they lodge bid for him!!

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  • AlanJohnson

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Been aware of HBA for a while and always thought he was a terrific player, never expected us to even turn his head, nevermind possibly sign him. Even if we don’t get him its a positive to have been able to attract the attention of such a quality international player.

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  • tiki_toon

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    pfft, liverpool are so in debt it’s not funny… never thought this transfer would happen, till right about now

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  • tiki_toon

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    do we have anyone who can speak French to him?

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  • Matthew Tom

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    This is getting interesting now – Tiote is in, Ben Arfa should be completed now, plus if Hughton is saying “pure speculation” about Robbie Keane, that’s good enough for me at the moment. I’ve always rated Keane and, for as long as he maintains decent pace, I think he could be a perfect partner for Carroll or another big man (hopefully not Shola).

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  • tjshawsey

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    About Robbie keane, he said there was nothing in it at this time. That isn’t ruling it out.

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  • Tom

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Captain Beefheart

    Kenny Miller is only a proven goalscorer in Scotland. His record in the English leagues is utterly appalling.

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  • tiki_toon

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    i think Keane has lost some pace, which has cost him his spot at Spuds… i do think he could play a midfield role now, but not for us…

    can’t doubt his PL experience though.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Will B Afra sign before 3 o’clock so he can be included in the squad for Saturday’s game, I certainly hope so.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Kenny Miller is POO!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully there will be an announcement of Toite and Arfa around dinner time

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #25

    I’d have to pass on Kenny Miller as well I think his chance to be a proven goalscorer in the top league has come and gone. He’s perfect where he is.

    If someone offered me Keane I’d snap their hand off. I think his workrate and desire are first class. By the sounds of it this all depends on whether Arry can get Huntelaar or Luis Fabiano which is optimistic to say the least!!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Much rather see Keane in a Newcastle shirt than Kenny Miller! Look at Kris Boyd – also a proven goalscorer in Scotland, now i CCC !

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #27

    I still dont see another striker coming in.

    Why?

    We have, Carroll, Best, Ranger, Loven, Shola.

    That’s FIVE for two places, IF CH plays two up top.

    I think CH is very, very keen on Carroll up top on his own when fit.

    You can easily see this up top;
    —————-Tiote—————-
    Ben Arfa – Barton – Nolan – Jonas
    ————–Carroll—————-

    Nio room there for any other striker, let alone Keane and to be honest, I really think that those six will be a match for most.

    Should start to have more faith in what we already have. I’ve always said, get the right service in and we have the players to put the ball in the net.

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Sorry but if it is a toss up between Keane, Miller & Loverboy, I’ll stick with hwat we have, they’re all in their 30’s, Keanes wages will be a problem & we already know that Loverboy can score goals for us, so why waste the money on yet another striker, isn’t 6 enough!!!!

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #29

    MacToon – if HBA signs today, I doubt he’ll be considered for the Wolves gave because they will obviously want to see how fit he is first.
    Then again, you never know.
    We could see Campbell, Tiote and HBA!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Edd Case, Wich one of Best, Ranger, Shola and Lovenkrants do you see as a proven premierleague striker?

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #31

    “What I can tell you is there have been some discussions with Ben Arfa which are very much ongoing and hopefully, that’s something that can be done”

    Latest quotes from CH

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #32

    Toon Sweden77

    What has being a proven Premier striker got to do with anything?
    Was Carroll that before his hat trick?
    Shola has proved he can play at that level, albeit he isn’t prolific.
    Loven played there in our last season in the Prem.
    Best is untested, as so with Ranger.
    However, Ranger, for me, has all the qualities to make it at the top.

    Nothing wrong with sticking with what we have.

    I dont want to see Keane here.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #33

    even if ben afra signs before 3, he still wont be involved tomorrow, he has been training by himself for the last week so his fitness might not be the best

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  • MacToon

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Edd Case, possibly put on the bench and have 20 minutes at the end of the game……. maybe.

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  • Tom

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Best isn’t even proven in the Championship, Shola is a Championship striker, Ranger is a rookie who hasn’t been given the chance to show what he can do yet (I am a big Ranger fan, but I hope he is loaned out to a Championship club). Lovenkrands scored a few goals in our relegation season, so I think he could do the job for us in the PL.

    I really would try and move on Best, Xisco and possibly Ameobi as well, if someone was fool enough to buy them, especially if we could get Keane.

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #36

    @Ess nr 2

    Sorry:)

    Any of you guys going to se tomorrows match? Love to take some Pints before the game with you

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #37

    Well, well, we have diffrent opinions on that one. Thats life and everybody cant think the same of everything.. 🙂

    But hey – Think we all at least are happy that the HBA saga might come to a nice end today!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #38

    Celtic lost 4-0 yesterday, anyone know if Forster played?

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  • korn8

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #39

    I have to pinch my arm, lads. HBA – really?
    Robbie Keane would have been a good player for Newcastle, but he probably wants to play as much football as possible( of course) and then what with the rest of the players? Don`t worry about Løvenkrands, he is a versatile player and can be a backup for Jonas/HBA too.
    This has the potential to be a really good weekend 🙂
    Howay the lads!

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  • Tom

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #40

    Toon Sweden77

    No he didn’t, he wasn’t eligible to play. Hopefully he will make his debut in the SPL on Sunday!

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