There are news sources that are reporting tonight that the deal to bring Ben Arfa on loan to Newcastle is almost a done deal.
Ben Arfa – done deal at Newcastle?
The French champions Marseilles, late on Friday, have admitted they were close to agreeing a deal to sell their unsettled midfielder, 23 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa, to Newcastle United.
Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier, who seems to have been reporting on the deal every couple of days over the last few weeks, has said he expects an agreement to be reached quickly:
“I think that we could quickly see Hatem in a Newcastle shirt.” “All of his team are even in England at the moment,”
Dassier also confirmed that Ben Arfa’s representatives are currently in England, trying to negotiate the deal with the famous Newcastle United club.
We had thought Ben Arfa’s wage demands may have been a stumbling block for the club, but the Evening Chronicle reported this morning the player’s representatives had reduced their demands, and presumably Newcastle can now meet those reduced wages. Hope so.
Nothing is official until reported on the Newcastle United web-site – but this latest news is still positive – and indeed it would be tremendous if the deal gets done, and next up has to be Robbie Keane. 😀