Newcastle Close To Permananet Deal For Ben Arfa

Sources in France are suggesting that Newcastle United are moving very close to a permanent deal to sign 23 year old French International Ben Arfa.

Hatem Ben Arfa – close to permanent Newcastle deal?

The news is that new manager  Alan Pardew is close to making his very first signing for the Newcastle club, as the reports in France say the new manager is close to tying up Hatem Ben Arfa on a permanent deal on Tyneside.

That’s great news if it’s true – and only yesterday Alan was saying he was first going to ensure the top players at Newcastle were secured, before he looked to bring in any new players to the squad  next month.

What we do know for sure is that earlier this week Ben Arfa said his responsibility was to the Newcastle United club, and not to any one manager, and that of course that followed the surprise firing of Chris Hughton by owner Mike Ashley.

Newcastle fans had been a little concerned, with Chris leaving, that  it may have put the Ben Arfa potential permanent deal in danger,  but that appears not to be true.

And  Alan Pardew called Ben Arfa soon after he arrived on Tyneside, and told him, apparently  in no uncertain terms,  that he wanted the Frenchman part of the Newcastle set-up on a permanent basis, and even discussed playing  the Frenchman in the center of the park at Newcastle.

There’s no doubt that Hatem Ben Arfa will be keen to come to Newcastle United on a permanent basis, although it will be  a little bit of a surprise if Newcastle sign him in January, before his double fracture of his lower left leg, which he suffered in early October,  has fully healed.

Ben Arfa is now in the south of France at a rehabilitation center,  and apparently is well ahead of schedule in his recovery, and could return to training in early February.

We’re not sure what the financials of the deal will be, but some reports in the summer suggested that Newcastle would pay £2M for the season-long loan move, and then an extra £5M to secure him on a permanent basis, if they took up that option  in the loan contract.

But with Ben Arfa being out injured since early October, and Newcastle presumably moving to now sign the player permanently in January, it could be less than £7M – but that would still be a great deal for Newcastle for a fantastic player – who presumably only wants to play for Newcastle.

If this news is true,  it seems that Newcastle have made yet another terrific signing – and secured a world class player for what amounts to peanuts.

We now have to hope this news is all true, and of course Ben Arfa is already a darling of the Newcastle fans, and his signing would be welcomed with tremendous excitement by the Geordie faithful.

And now we must win our home game on Sunday afternoon against money-bags Man City to end what will have been a great Christmas for the club. 😀

And apparently that game is already a sell-out.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • DevonMag

    Dec 23, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Absolutely great news if true, the French media are far more reliable than ours with regards to this kind of thing. I also think we should seriously look into signing one or two of Cheik’s Ivorian team mates- it’s a country with a wealth of potential/developed talent. Seydou Dembia? Up top with Carrol. Would also give Tiote a bit of comfort up here and familiarity!

  • daneevz

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Superb newsif its true!! HatBenArfa brings us that excitment and knowing of something can happen from nothing. I got to say A.Pardew is startin to turn me round by his actions off the pitch cant say to much on as we only played 1 game but never the less a good win at pool. id love to see A.Johnson on loan but cant see it .Micha richards be a decent loan shout dunno if he injured aint seen him 4 a while but not in manc first 11.

  • alex84

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    if true, thats fantastic news! lets keep getting these young exciting players into the squad and build a great team!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Great news, hba signing, Stevie t signing, Barton and Carroll staying, gosling coming back in 3-4 weeks. Excellent news all round. I really starting to like pardew.

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Brilliant News, Hopefully it’s true! Would be a good start to the transfer window and also for the future. Can’t wait for him to get back! Hopefully once the transfer window is shut and he is back the team will look abit like the below:

    Simpson, Colo, Taylor, Enrique
    Barton, Tiote, Nolan, A Johnson
    Ben Arfa, Carroll



    We can only hope…

  • leedodd

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    It would Be Good To Get Ben Arfa Signed Up In January and Play A few Games This Season. Micha Richards would be a Good Loan Moove and yes we need a Centre Forward as Shola Is Crocked and we need a Tad More Experience Up front Maybe Robbie Keane ?? I agree a Few of Cheik’s Pals from Over seas would kick us right up the Table !!!

  • Brutooon

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Ben Arfa would be signing of the season!

    He only play few games but we still remember his brilliant-ness

  • daneevz

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Gervais Yao Kouassi, or Gervinho as he is commonly known from lille good buy/loan

  • Jose Enrique

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10


    Van Aanholt-loan



  • Jose Enrique

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11



    Simpson Taylor Colo Enrique


    Ben Arfa Barton Gervinho



  • Robby Bobson

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    On shear talent this lad is worth at least 15 million. I remeber watchinghim in the champions league a few yuears back for lyon and his skill is outstanding and he seems to have developed a very flat powwerful left foot shot since then.

    So if we can get him for about 5 million its a steal. And certainly be good for Ashley is he wants to sell him for three times that in a years time.

  • Robby Bobson

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #13


    Ashley does have competition from the blackburn owners not. Sacking big sam and appointing the first team coach??! Didnt think sacking hughton and appointing pardew could be topped.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #14


    If HBA is the only player we sign in January, that will do for me!


  • toonfan76

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #15

    If Pardew delivers on all the things he has been saying with regards to transfer negotiations then he is seriously starting to win me over, If his tactics on the field are as good then we’re gonna be fine. Also just wanted to say good luck to our lads for Sunday and watch out cos tha dirty thug De Jong is fit to play, lets hope he gets a taste of his own medicine, or at least his team go home with nothing

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #16

    AP. is making all the right noises, but I will only start to believe him when his chatter becomes reality.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Seydou Doumbia would be class and if we don’t get him go for Gervinho, but the only thing is Gervinho would cost more than 4 million, I’d say about 7-8 million for him. By any chance would Roman Lakuku ever sign for Newcastle, if he would what a great signing he would be.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Come on Benny!

  • toonbrother

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #19

    he’d be a fool to sign for this appallingly run club for a proven failure like pardew.

  • AussieToon

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Would make my year. This kid is exceptional. We saw a glimpse, and what a glimpse it was.

    Getting him back into our team would be unreal. Unreal. I hope this is true!

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Rafa Benitez just got sacked!! HAHAHAHA

  • nden85

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Anyone else reckon we should send on Smith in the 93rd minute for a revenge kamikaze attack on De Jong? Just joking, but lots of good news today, i’m fairly sure Alan Pardew couldn’t have wished for a better start to life as boss here.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Rio Mavuba anyone?

  • Jan Stavik

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Great news if they are correct. I’m more worried about the news that S. Taylor is penning a new contract, I’m sick and tired of his clumsiness. I’d sell him to the Mackems for 5m, him and Titus would be mint.

  • geoff777

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t see the point in signing him before his loan deal runs out.

    As far as I can tell we have an option to buy after 25 games or at the end of the season.

    Crazy to sign him before then. Accidents happen …

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #26


    I agree. I’d love to see benny, but taylor is horrendously over rated and error prone.

  • balubas1

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Go on Alan… Make this your first good deed at NUFC. Ben Arfa signed and ready.. weeet dreams!

    Steven Taylor is a top CB guys!! We sure have different opinions on here:)

  • Shot Bru

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Agreed Geoff777…it’s no guarantee either that he would be the same player after a double leg fracture….hopefully he is because he is totally exciting to watch.

  • Shot Bru

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m with Jan and Rotonda on the Saylor debate…very injury prone and makes too many rash challenges due to not reading the game well enough. In his defence i think a regular partner alongside him at CB and a manager and coaching staff that sticks around for longer than 5 minutes would no doubt improve his game.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #30

    @ geoff777 // Dec 23, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    The point is this.

    We are only guaranteed HBA on the agreement made if he playes the 25 games.

    If we leave it to the end of the season then we wouldnt have first dibs on him.

    I think we are much better tying him down sooner rather than later otherwise someone else will pinch him.

  • olitremblay

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Let’s just hope Hatem’s behaviour doesn’t go wrong. When he played in France, the French media were usually quick to report tantrums thrown by him, and there were many to be honest. BUT, the kid is brilliant, no doubt about that. I sincerely hope he’ll become a NUFC great.

  • colwell

    Dec 23, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Gervinho would cost a fortune around the 12-15m thats what was quoted in the summer and Roman Lakuku would be well up there with Ben arfa if we signed him he is amazing and 17 that is though a dream every big team is after him so……? 1 good thing we are Newcastle we will miss out on Keane but then sign Lakuku lol

  • davcon22

    Dec 23, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Hope the animal that crippled Benni is playing,so Toon fans can show what the think of him!!Dogs abuse for 90 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hopefully a smashed leg for him and 2-0 for “the toon” to finish the day off nicely.

  • G

    Dec 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #34

    davcon22 @ 33. I think he is out ijured / ill, however, whilst I would never wish a broken leg on any player, I find it difficult to dissagree here.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 23, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #35

    I know De Jong is at fault for Benny’s leg but that doesn’t mean that any Newcastle player has to go out and break his leg that will just make whoever does it as bad as De Jong!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 23, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Jose Enrique – I agree 🙂

  • whoarya

    Dec 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Signing Ben Arfa before his return to fitness is a risk but it maybe cheaper that way.

    S Taylor may be skipper soon me thinks?

    If these signings happen it looks like a PR move which is a good sign

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 23, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Just heard that once Taylor’s future is confirmed Ben Arfa’s deal will go into talks and once that is all over and done with, the Transfer activity will start, can’t wait to find out who Pardew’s after and I hope he’s not just planning to bring the Southampton team to Newcastle, I would love it if Gervinho signed and possibly Paddy Van Aanholt as well as selling Xisco, Ameobi, Smith, Perch, Guthrie and maybe Lovenkrands.


    Dec 24, 2010 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #39

    Magpies // post 35:

    You just know that this game, if it goes ahead, is always going to be about De Jong and what happened at their place!

    Totally agree with your comment though! We just need to win the game and try to get the three points.
    I think city will be trying to provoke us with physical challenges as have other clubs earlier ( Wolves ). It could prove to be one of the most difficult games this year, also significant because of the fact that it is only Pardew,s second game in charge!


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