Newcastle To Sign Ben Arfa On Permanent Deal In January


There is some good news this morning in the the local Newcastle Journal, which is again reporting that Alan Pardew is set to make 23 year old Frenchman, Hatem Ben Arfa, his first signing.

Ben Arfa – soon to be a Newcastle player?

The initial plan was for Ben Arfa to be on loan for the season, and then Newcastle would make a decision during the summer on whether to sign him  permanently.

But it seems that Newcastle have already seen enough of the lad in the four appearances he has made for the first team, and in training, for them to be convinced they should be signing him, and in January too.

And one thing that has impressed us with Alan Pardew is that he doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet, and he has already tied up Steven Taylor to a five year deal, wants to get Ben Arfa on a permanent deal next month, and then we think he will be pushing the club to sign Joey Barton and Jose Enrique on long term deals, as their contracts have a short 18 months to run.

That’s good thinking by Alan, to tie up the good players who will be making up the core of the team you hope to build over the next year or two.

The Journal are saying the fee is a low £3.5M they have already agreed to pay Marseilles if the lad played 25 games this season, but he’s not going to do that now, and we suppose the loan fee was around £1.5M to £2M so is we are getting this player for around £5M in totoal?

That’s a fantastic deal, and of course the skills and creativity of Ben Arfa are exactly what was missing from the side against Tottenham, because in games like that class can turn a game, and it did on Tuesday – but for Tottenham.

Liverpool have also expressed some interest in the player, but from what we have seen from the youngster, who was at the Man City game last Sunday, he only wants to sign for Newcastle, which is refreshing to say the least.

There’s not too much new news today about Ben Arfa that we didn’t already know, except the fee seems to be small, but that’s some good negotiating again by the club.

But there was news in France yesterday that Newcastle are near to signing the French International on a permanent deal.

And Ben Arfa seems to have recovered remarkably well from his double broken leg, and has been rehabilitating in the South of France, and could return to training at Newcastle in as a little as five weeks time.

There’s nothing we would like more than for Newcastle to announce they will sign Ben Arfa permanently in January – and the sooner he signs along the dotted line – the better.

It would be one terrific signing by the club.

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15 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Dec 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Great news…when its all finalised and done

    it will be very interesting to see what kind of players alan pardew goes for and what type of ambition he has, considering the board will back him as they obviously see great things in him (something most of us including myself struggle to see)

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Make this a benchmark for future signings, i still cannot believe we may sign him for such a low fee for a quality player

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  • AussieToon

    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    I cannot believe we have got Ben Arfa for such a low amount. A couple of years ago, I remember Arsenal and Chelsea wanting him for million more. Pinch yourselves guys, pinch yourselves.

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  • sweendog

    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    quality player .. can’t wait to have him back

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  • toonfan76

    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Ben Arfa news is great, lets hope it’s true. For that price he is an absolute steal, Really hope Pardew, with the help of Newcastle’s seemingly excellent scouting team find us a few more cut price Jems and keep us heading in the right direction. Is this Max Gradel as good as his You tube video’s suggest. Low priced talent seems to be our stamp these days, Lets hope we can keep it up!

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  • fungus44

    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    was on twitter all last night about Ben Arfa along with a stight swap with leeds for midfeilder gardel for best if true,snap hands off

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  • sweendog

    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    toonfan76 .. we have Lua Lua .. so not sure how astute this buy is .. we do need a winger desperately in order to get Guti and Routledge trying again .. both are off the boil at the moment

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    If Arfa sign, its the best news we had in like 5 years

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  • shear-class

    Dec 30, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    sweendog im sure Lua Lua was on loan at brighton until he got a bad injury

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #10

    hes got a broken leg mate

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  • warwick

    Dec 30, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Great news, throw caution to the wind and see how he’s done by the end of the year though. He’s coming back from a bad injury and might struggle the first 5 games to catch the pace.

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  • warwick

    Dec 30, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #12

    year meaning season

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  • slomagpie79

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #13

    we can hope it`s true….amount is really low and if we can get him, it would be great!!!!….we have to sign than new contracts with Enrique and Barton and of course Caroll must stay at Tyneside….

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  • branunited

    Dec 30, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #14

    i trust that hatem ben arfa, get back can in few time to level their of play, would be wonderful for the team.

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  • Thump

    Dec 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Bloody hope so 😀

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