It seems almost certain that Ben Arfa will be signing on a permanent basis for Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa – likely to sign some time this week
And since the 23 year-old Frenchman is expected in Newcastle for the game tonight against West Ham United, the deal could be announced at any time.
Sky Sports is reporting that the deal will go through soon, but doesn’t give any specific timeline.
Since Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle, he pointed a number of the top players that he wanted to tie down on long term contracts at the club, and one of them was Ben Arfa, who is on a season long loan deal at the club.
The French International is still recovering from the double fracture of his lower leg leg he picked up in early October at Eastlands, after a rather wild tackle from Dutchman De Jong.
The Dutch International received much condemnation for the tackle, the follow through was what broke Ben Arfa’s leg, , although it was not even given as a foul in the early minutes of the game by referee Martin Atkinson.
It wouldn’t surprise us much if the announcement that Ben Arfa has now joined Newcastle was even made today, we certainly hope so.
After the transfer window is over, we then expect Alan Pardew to press the Newcatsle hierarchy to sign both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique to long term deals at the club, as their contracts have a short 18 months to run.