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.
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.
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