Liverpool Eye Top Newcastle Player For Summer Move


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is lining up targets for the summer transfer market, in an attempt to improve a Liverpool side that has under-performed in the Premier League in recent seasons, and it looks like Newcastle’s Ben Arfa is on their radar screen.

Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle celebrates after he scores from the penalty spot against Tottenham.

Ben Arfa after scoring penalty against Spurs in first game of the season

The news is on the Spanish web site fichajes.net, and it’s that the Reds are looking to bid £20M for the French international winger.

But we wonder how much an attraction Liverpool would be for the Newcastle winger, as Newcastle seem to be putting together a top squad for an assault on the top four next season, after finishing 5th top last season and being decimated by injuries to star players this season.

But that seems to have been put right last month as owner Mike Ashley sanctioned £18M to be spent on bringing in Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy and they already have played very well for the Newcastle first team – and there are several real bargains in there.

And that’s £2M less than Liverpool are reported to be ready to pay for just one of Newcastle’s players – so let it be said that Newcastle have made some tremendous buys in the last couple of years – fact.

Newcastle lost Demba Ba in January through his release clause of £7M, but with Sissoko and Gouffran coming in and already having a great understanding with Papiss Cisse,  that hasn’t hurt the Newcastle attack too much – thankfully.

And in four league games since the French five arrived we have scored 10 goals – that’s’ an average of 2.5 goals per game – not too bad – and much better than our overall goals per game average of 38 goals in 27 league games – an average of only 1.4 goals scored per game.

PSG are also thought to be keen on the 25 year-old,  and it seems certain that we’ll get bids in this summer for the mercurial winger and also for one of our other French Internationals – Yohan Cabaye – who have both proved they are top Premier League players at the Magpies.

But both these Frenchmen love it at Newcastle,  and it will not have hurt things that Newcastle have bolstered their squad with another 5 Frenchmen last month – doubling the number of players from France now in the squad.

And don’t be surprised if Newcastle offer both Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa improved long term contracts to stay on Tyneside this summer – and don’t be surprised if both players are happy sign them.

What do you think?

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150 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    hahahahahahahahahahahahah

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  • G

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #2

    They can’t afford him, we don’t need to sell him. Debate over.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Liverpool can officially go and kiss their own holes.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Incidentally, has anyone seen any Makems in Milan recently? Nope, didnt think so.

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  • G

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t think you ever will Munster, apparently you can’t get Cheesy Chips with Sunny Delight in Milan.

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #6

    could you imagine our benni playing for them scouse shites. id sooner let glitter babysit me offspring

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  • dannyboy

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #7

    on this article the only team ben arfa will leave for is PSG in the summer , but if Man U,chelsea or city came knocking and offered him triple salary and guaranteed trophys i think he would leave but NOT to liverpool !!

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  • Dagwoodz

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Liverfools living up to the “bindipper” monniker…lovely. If we do sell HBA, it’ll be another lesson in good business, as much as I don’t want to lose him. But if another bid for 30+M comes in, I can’t see our club turning that down. Same thing with Cabs.

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  • Dagwoodz

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Buy’em cheap, make others pay over the odds.

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  • dannyboy

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    lads i havent missed a game this season through the joys of illegal streaming 🙂 but im working this saturday and will miss it , i was going to do the old fashioned thing of turning of all media and mobiles to make sure i dont see any results and watch MOTD will intense excitement !
    preferably id want to watch the full 90mins after the match is over as MOTD will only give us 5mins and even if we were featured in detail you dont get a true insight of the game.
    can anyone help me and link me to websites that show you the full match once the game is over a few hours later??? cheers

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #11

    G, whats Sunny Delight? A Makem delicacy ? Drink?

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  • aidantoon

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Why would he leave us to go to Liverpool?
    Yes they are a very famous club that has won loads but at this present time they are not a big attraction.
    Wouldn’t sell him anyway as he is top class and not many better when he is in full flow.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley Out! Relegation Looms! Doom, gloom and disaster!

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  • Dagwoodz

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #14

    @Ibiza,

    Always the calm voice of reason on a whacky blog…

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #15

    ToonTang, I’m laughing me arse off at that ! 🙂

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  • G

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Alledgedly it’s a fruit drink, made from oranges. A quick read of the ingredients and a quiet word with a chemist suggest it’s a bit like taking a swig from an ‘orange flavour’ car battery.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    PSG might come in for him. I wouldnt begrudge him that if we gots plenty for him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #18

    20M + AC might tempt the fatman.

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #19

    We could swap him for Suarez and and and and……… Oh no they only have one decent player, Suarez it is then…..

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Dag…I am here to serve 😉

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #21

    hahahaha Liverpool are the most deluded team in the world. Followed by Sunderland and Southampton.

    Must be a red and white thing.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #22

    LYF…Indeed. You can add Stoke to that list as well.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza…I’ll probably have to watch my mouth then lol

    How’s everything going in Ibiza?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Rubbish Story.

    If these papers cared to read anything they would know rodgers and the owners have specifically said they will follow a simialr model to us of buying younger players for a lower fee.

    They splashed out 12mil for sturridge but for us to part with Ben Arfa would cost double that…he is highly valued at nufc.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Jesper…Well it is a little cold, but still blue skies so I shall not complain. Apart from that I’m pretty busy, but still making some time to share my wisdom with the blog 🙂

    Translation: wisdom = nonsense.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #26

    TS…Are you sure it didn’t read that Liverpool will follow a similar model by buying our players from us at an inflated price?

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  • DokToon

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #27

    being liverpool = being deluded and thinking you are actually relevant… horrid show…

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #28

    20 mill plus carroll , so say about 30 mill. Thats not bad and miles above his real value. Wouldnt like to see it though.

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  • G

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Can somebody remind me how many goals Andy Carroll has scored this season before we start discussing the merits of a swap deal?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Dok…I can’t help but feel if they used paid actors for “being liverpool” it would be seen as a comedy show. Well, more of an obvious comedy show at the very least.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza

    No…definitely not. That was last years plan, they ran out of money so have given up with that.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #32

    TS…Oh right, fair enough then. Shame really, it seemed to be working really well for us 🙂

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Ibiza…

    yeah Stoke’s fans’ heads’ are in the clouds, just like the ball when their team tries to play football.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Liverpool will end up losing Suarez in the summer which is going to send them into turmoil Guardiola wants him at Bayern and they will get him

    I think Arfa will stay with us in the summer but if he had been 100% fit there may be lots of demand but because he is quite injury prone he is a high risk at 30 odd million

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #35

    santon new maldini

    It helps that suarez’s agent is the brother of pep guardiola…..definitely off to Germany.

    He will at the very least leave for champs league football to some club though, he couldn’t give a stuff about how full liverpool’s trophy cabinet is under the section ‘pre-premierleague’

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Anyone seen the article on SS about Ronaldo enjoying RMs success? If so, can you explain the toxic green spreading across his face?

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11833/8526728/Cristiano-Ronaldo-enjoying-Real-Madrid-s-successes-at-Barcelona

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #37

    LYF….Dangerous comment that one. Did you know that Newcastle have hit a larger amount of long ball…blah blah blah

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Ibiza…I knew the translation 😉 lol

    Is you line of business busy all year long or is it seasonal?

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  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #39

    April Fool’s day is still just over a month away… this joke is a bit premature isn’t it?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Jesper…It is deemed seasonal, but during the “off season” is when all the bookings and co-ordination takes place. The summer goes completely nuts, so it’s definitely the peak period for me. Been working on expanding this winter though, so I expect to be even busier from now, which is good (he says with an optimistic outlook).

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