It seems that Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa is quite a persuasive guy, when it comes to getting his pals to sign on at Newcastle.
Sylvain Marveaux – surprise signing by Newcastle
Ben Arfa started the season on loan at Newcastle, from Marseilles, last August. but he then suffered that horrific double leg fracture against Manchester City in early October, and the French International still hasn’t played for Newcastle since that time.
But the serious injury didn’t prevent Newcastle from signing the French International on a permanent basis in January, and that was a brave and risky move by Newcastle.
But it would also have given Ben Arfa a huge lift, that the Tyneside club really believed in him, even though he was still recovering from that very serious injury.
Last Saturday morning, Newcastle shocked everybody when they announced the signing of Sylvain Marveaux from Rennes, when we all thought he was about to sign for Liverpool.
Sylvain signed a five-year contract at St. James’ Park, and it’s coming to light today he had many talks with Ben Arfa, when both were recovering at the Clairefontaine Football Academy in France from their injuries.
Well, whatever Ben Arfa told him in France, the 25 year-old Saint Etienne player was still about to sign for Liverpool.
Short note to Alan Pardew – Ben Arfa still needs more lessons on the Newcastle’s great history Alan.
But then of course when Liverpool hesitated (he who hesitates is lost is appropriate here), the Magpies came in for him last Friday night like greased lightning, and Sylvain already knew all about the Tyneside club, and was more than keen to do the deal – which he did and quickly too
The deal was done and dusted by 2:00 am on Saturday morning, and it was terrific work by the club, and it also provided a huge lift for Newcastle fans around the world, as we were still more than upbeat about the signing of Demba Ba on the previous day.
Sylvain spoke to Newcastle United TV (nufcTV):
“I saw him and spoke with him about Newcastle.” “He told me that he was very happy to be here and he told me about the fans, everyone at the club, the stadium.”
“It was a good thing.” “I’m very happy to be here with Hatem and Yohan, because I know them very well.” “We can speak in French – so for the adaptation it is good.”
“I’m fit and I can’t wait until the start of the pre-season.”
Sylvain is now fully recovered from the groin injury that kept him out of action from last October, and so too are two of Newcastle’s long term injured players from last season – Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling.
When pre-season starts, Newcastle will have at least have five new players already in Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa.
And if we are to believe the news recently, Swansea’s Neil Taylor and PSG Turkish striker Mevlut Erdinc could also be through the door at Newcastle before a week come Monday, when pre-training kicks off.
The transfer season has been very good for Newcastle so far, but we need another new signing soon, because after all it’s been over six days since our last signing – come on lads get going.
Howay The Lads!!