It appears that Newcastle United are keen to sign French star Hatem Ben Arfa on a permanent basis.
Ben Arfa – took to Tyneside like a duck to water
There was a report in the News of the World that said Chris Hughton and other Newcastle officials had already seen enough of Ben Arfa’s skills, both in training and in games, to make his permanent transfer a good deal for the Tyneside club.
There was news before Ben Arfa arrived at Newcastle, that he was a difficult player to handle, but we saw none of that with Ben Arfa in short time at Newcastle, and he seemed to take to Tyneside like a duck to water
He was immediately taken to by the Newcastle faithful, and the Frenchman showed just what terrific skills he possesses, with a wonderful goal at Everton in September, in his first start for the club. There’s not many players today who could have scored a goal like that from 30 yards out.
Ad it wasn’t even a half chance, but he still beat goalkeeper Tim Howard all ends up, and Tim had no chance to reach the ball.
Of course the 23 year-old winger is recovering from his double broken leg, suffered at Man City in early October, and he will not return until some time in the new year.
But Ben Arfa has maintained contact with the Newcastle club and will rehabilitate on Tyneside from his injury, so he can keep in contact with the Newcastle players and manager Chris Hughton.
His current club Marseilles of course will not stand in his way and we understand the full price of the transfer will be around £7M, with £2M being paid up front for his one year loan deal, with the option of buying the French International for an additional £5M.
The deal can be completed at any time – and the sooner the better as far as we are concerned – because this boy will definitely improve the Newcastle squad, which is currently lacking in creativity.