Ben Arfa Transfer Completely Up To Newcastle

Ben Arfa’s agent and advisor Simon Stainrod has made it very clear today that the ball is in Newcastle court, on whether they sign Ben Arfa or not.

Ben Arfa – taking oxygen as he was stretchered off with broken leg

There is still the decision to be made on whether to turn the Ben Arfa loan from Marseilles into a £5M permanent move, and with the lad’s broken leg, that decision has been made more complex.

But Ben Arfa’s agent Stainrod says that decision is entirely dependent on Newcastle:

“I know the deal is that if he plays 25 games Newcastle get him automatically, but they can make it permanent at any time before then if they wish,”

“It is Newcastle’s decision – they negotiated an excellent deal. But I don’t know what will happen, it is far too early to say.” “I think Newcastle fans see Hatem as a kindred spirit.”

“The way he acknowledged them when he was in all that pain was pretty remarkable,”  “There’s a bond there. When he comes back – and he will come back – the reception will be almost KevinKeegan-esque.”

Assuming that Ben Arfa makes a good and complete recovery from his broken leg, we have to believe that Newcastle will sign the lad, but they will probably wait until the summer before making their final decision on the French International.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • john_cena163

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1


  • munch27

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    This kid is full of talent and heart just what we love , Mike get yer cheque book out now and just pay OM for hatem as this kid is your’e key too the City of Newcastle.

  • john_cena163

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Sign him nw.

  • thepict

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #4

    He will be back . Get him signed.

  • john_cena163

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Munch- agree with u mate. MA get hin sign nw n ul win more fans heart.

  • rwpoynter

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Ignore the usual bullshit from the agents, their objective, after all, is to feather their own nests. Ben Arfa looks class goods to me and as with Gosling , we should stick with him, once again , plan for the future. Needless to say, we have had our fair share of ‘crocks’ over the years (Dyer, Owen, Martins, Woodgate etc: etc:) who seem to have spent more time off the pitch rather than on it, but I do not get the feeling Ben Arfa is one of these. You don’t fake a broken tibia and fibula, that was blatantly a piece of nasty football at its worst. Stick with him, and maybe (vain hope ) by the time the FA have got their act together, by the time he is fit again, the arena of the English Premier League, will be a fit place for talented players to perform in.

  • JerseyGeordie

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    there is no need to sign him now as we have first priority to do so at the end of his loan. Also if we signed him now that would assure that we would not bring anyone in in jan. We might not anyway but the whole point of the deal was to a) see if the lads attitude was managable (which doesn’t seem to be a problem) and b) so the fee would come out of next summer’s funds. This year we are trying to regain some financial flexability. This was always likely to be a permenant transfer in the way it was writen up, just not this years. There is no risk of losing him so no need to spend the money now.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8

    a year and a half ago I had a knee operation, and I had a full leg splint for 6 weeks then a walking leg brace on for a further 6 week, while these were on I had exercises that the physiotherapist instructed me on. when the splints were removed, it was found that I had not lost any muscle mass, it’s just down to will power, I will be shocked if Hatem has any lasting effects, as long as his treatment goes without a hitch, and has no problems with infections. to me Hatem is one of a special breed of person and that it down to him how well he does, and I expect him to make a complete recovery. and also we have not been informed to what extent the bones had to be re built, the operation could have just been to align the bones & might have aligned without the use of plates in this case the bones could be just about at full strength when he has the cast removed.

  • Thump

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree that HBA has the kind of attitude to come back better and stronger than he was before the injury. The fact that he went as far as getting a personal trainer when he left l’OM speaks volumes about the lad.

    Can’t wait to see him trounce the mackems on home soil 😀

  • alex84

    Oct 10, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    i hope he signs and he comes back stronger than ever…

  • gorskino10

    Oct 10, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Everyone needs a motivation and what a motivation it will be to Arfa is Newcastle buy him NOW, he would be completely focused on getting better for us NOT O’M, maybe if they sue De Jong take that cash off the transfer 🙂

  • Geordie Matriarch

    Oct 10, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #12

    munch27 you could be right – nothing like a big gesture to make people forgive MA.
    and gorskino10 too – Ben Arfa will work his socks off to get fit if he is permanent.
    My Arsenal supporting son was saying on Friday night that Eduardo was never the same after his break and that he no longer had a fearless approach (poor lad, who can blame him?) – but I don’t think this will be a problem for King Arfa – his contrary stubborn awkward streak that we have heard about will be his salvation and he will come through more thirsty than before. Hope I’m right . Think I will be.

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 10, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #13

    We must sign him that has to be the bottom line. although we must not jump the gun. if the ball is in our court we should take the decision when required.

  • aaronjd

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Ive registered on here to get my mind put at ease! You lot seem to know your stuff. Basically i noticed on skysports yesterday that Chris Hughton is unsure on weather or not we’ll sign Hatem, then today i read that he was back in France, now it turns out OM are sueing Man City, to me it looks as if hes returning to OM at the end of the season as oppose to signing for us. Tell me im wrong?

  • stestickle

    Oct 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #15

    i think its chris hughton playing his normal game not giving anything away and keeping all options open which is the way things should be done remember the hba transfer and what hoots said. Time to concentrate on what we have fit now and as long as hba make a good recovery we will sign him

  • geoff777

    Oct 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #16

    No point at all in signing him until the last possible moment.
    Why hand over cash before you need to?
    Got to see if he does fully recover too.

    Best of luck to Hatem on a full recovery.
    Of course I hope he does sign and goes on to become a Toon legend.



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