Newcastle Warn Liverpool – Ben Arfa Not For Sale

It’s Sunday, so there are a number of stories in the Sunday papers that are about some of Newcastle’s top players wanted by other clubs.

ben arfa in action against Benfica

Ben Arfa in action on Thursday against Benfica

The story in the Sunday People today – and yes – it’s getting just a bit stale these days – is that Liverpool would like to tempt Newcastle in swapping Geordie Andy Carroll for Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa.

Apparently the People is reporting that Liverpool were interested in the Newcastle winger in January, when he was out injured with his hamstring injury.

The Newcastle officials are said to have told Liverpool in January, that they were wasting their time, and that the French International was simply not for sale.

And only yesterday Ben Arfa himself was interviewed and said he has no intention of leaving Newcastle, which he called a great club.

And of course Ben Arfa is simply adored by the Geordie fans – he’s that kind of player – and has unbelievable skills.

Of course Ben Arfa will have his price, but we think owner Mike Ashley will ensure that price for the French mercurial winger is much more than Liverpool are be willing to pay.

But of course if they come in and bid £35M in cool cash – then it could be a deal – maybe.

Since joining Newcastle from Marseilles in the summer of 2010 – initially on loan – Ben Arfa has played 50 times for Newcastle with 10 (great) goals and 10 assists.

What do you think?

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41 comments so far

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 14, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #1

    We need to keep Arfa and Cabaye for next season

    If we sell them without replacements it could send out a wrong message to the existing players and players we would hope to sign

    If we are going to lose purples my guess is it will be Colo and Tiote who leave as Colo wants to leave and if we want to progress as a team then we need a better midfielder than Tiote

  • 89Norcal

    Apr 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope this doesn’t happen. Would deprive us of watching Cabaye, Sissoko, Hatem, Debuchy, Cisse, and any other acquisitions on the same side next season. With a quality winger and striker we would be excellent next year.

  • Grantosuk

    Apr 14, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully he is not for sale, at any cost. The ovation he got when he came on against Benfica gave me goosebumps, god knows what it did to him. He changed the game when he came on, and he will tear the mackems a new one on Sunday. You cant replace him I dont think.


    Apr 14, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #4

    The main thing we need to do in the summer is buy decent young back ups for many positions where we’ve been week this season especially defence

  • johnhoy

    Apr 14, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Mercurial. Sigh

  • toonincheek

    Apr 14, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Leazes – that makes sense.
    We won’t have the Europa next year to give squad members much playing time – only the League Cup.
    So – a couple of purrrples plus a few more youngsters who can be part of the first team squad.
    Hope we get a few more like Haidi

  • toonincheek

    Apr 14, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #7

    I think HBA was getting a bit worried in the summer, maybe having second thoughts about MA/DL ambitions, with no new players in.
    With hindsight, that proved to be a mistake.
    But – we had all been saying ‘give the younsters a chance to come through’ – and that’s what we did.
    We kept ALL our big players – that was the stated No. 1 aim.
    Injuries and the younsters not coming through have led to a poor season but I still say it is only with hindsight that you can slate MA/DL for last summer.
    Point is – we now have the makings of an outstanding squad – just a couple more in the summer and see how things go.
    Top six next year, I reckon – and exciting footie.

  • chris_g

    Apr 14, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #8

    The reason this daft story has surfaced again is because of Alan Oliver’s article in the Mirror, which reads as follows:

    “Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned Liverpool they are wasting their time eyeing his France international Hatem Ben Arfa, writes the Sunday People.

    Liverpool were after the talented midfielder in January but were knocked back.

    However, since then Ben Arfa has spent more time in the treatment room than out on the field, and been in court on Tyneside and fined for motoring offences.

    Liverpool plan to come back and tempt the Geordies with a swap deal involving Andy Carroll for the unsettled Frenchman.”

    Notice that Oliver describes Benny as being “unsettled”, which just proves how completely out of touch the man is. The impression I get is that Benny’s time at Newcastle is proving to be the happiest and most settled of his entire career. And what on earth was the relevance of mentioning the driving offences? Does Alan Oliver really think that the club will be more inclined to sell Benny just because he got banned for speeding?

    This sort of tabloid crap makes me so angry, and I really think that Ed should try to be a bit more selective about which stories he chooses to write articles about..

  • jeff

    Apr 14, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #9

    who cares if cabaye leaves. abeid can replace him easily. as for hatem ben arfa, mbabu could play rm instead.


    Apr 14, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Absolutely sick, can’t sleep and I need to be up for 8 to get ready for the match

  • pedro

    Apr 14, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Cant’ see Cabaye or Ben Arfa leaving this summer. Coloccini will return to Argentina and Cabaye will be made club captain. Ben Arfa will be one of the key components of the side next season and for Ashley to sell either would take a silly offer, like the Carroll transfer. Tiote could be one to make way as he is not as influential as he once was and we could make money on him.
    As for Man Utd’s scouts watching the game with Benfica. Of course they would be keen on Cabaye, he is top class international footballer, who would walk into their side but I dont see this transfer happening. It is far more likely (and documented here in Argentina) that Ferguson was looking at Garay. Its been suggested that he is the possible replacement for Rio once he retires. Plus they like Nico Gaitan since he tore them apart in the Champions League.
    I’m quietly optomisitic about the summer. Ashley will have realised his mistake in not strengthening last summer and bring in a couple and then with a fully sit squad and no european commitments we can really attack the league.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Apr 14, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s really a win win situation. We either keep Ben Arfa, or force Liverpool to pay over the odds again in the region of 35mill and above 😉

    Anything else is simply not possible. I’m sure Mike knows the value of the talent Ben Arfa has and will not part with it cheaply.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #13

    On Thursday morning papers were saying thatMan U were likely to have scouts at the match to watch Garay (as Pedro points out above) The only reason that Cabaye’s name has been dragged in is pure mischief making.

    On Ben Arfa, well, if it is an Alan Oliver article then who cares, the bloke is a moron and hasn’t seemed to have any sort of inside track for at least a decade.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Yohann Cabaye is probably most likely to leave for a European giant next season. He’s an absolutely world class midfielder who will thrive in a very good team around him.

    Pardew doesn’t have the tactical know-how to fully exploit Cabaye’s potential. A manager like SAF will know exactly how to do it.

    Hard truths though it sucks to hear that.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Are we ready for the big test today?

    …I really hope the team in mentally game and set and that Pardew will build on the second half performance from the Benfica game!

    No more 4-5-1 with a questional sellection 🙁

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 14, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #16

    *in = is

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #17

    I honestly can’t see Liverpool ever doing business with us again, not unless we give em back their 35 mill – the f@cken amby pamby’s.

  • lesh

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Man Utd may have Cabaye as a potential target among others and unless he desperately wants to go there,they’ll find it easier to buy someone else for that role from some other club. The same applies to HBA and our whining scousers!

    As far as the press goes, we’ll always be good subject matter.

  • lesh

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d guess that the paper talk’s all been built on Keegan’s assertion that we’re a selling club. Oliver and his cronies have just seen an opportunity to stoke up some NUFC stories. Maybe KK should just keep his trap shut or talk tripe about another of his former clubs!!

  • Benji84

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #20

    God the season is not yet over and we are getting crap through the press, PLayers are unrest want to leave and go to a BIGGER Club. I mean Liverpool may have history but they have not done much in the last few years and to be honest i think we can take them in a few weeks time. Why do one of our top players want to leave our club to a mid table club anyway!!!!

  • Graeme

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Liverfool just know they are going to get their pants taken down again, having the audacity to try and take Ben10.

    Just cant see it happening unless someone comes in with a really “Silly Money” offer that is just too good to reject. It will cost the dippers even more than they shelled out for Andy Carroll – and look where that got them, complete laughing stock – thank you dogleash lol


    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #22

    You so called NUFC supporters who feel that having a go at a legend of our club should hang your heads in shame.If you digest all of his comments and not just part of them you will see that he is only pointing out the truth.
    1)of course we will sell players,its what clubs do
    2)Carr is a great scout and will find us more players
    This is not having a go at Ashley in any way so before calling KK remember why we have a world class stadium and not a shithole as the ground was before KK dragged us up from a team heading for div3 to rival Man u and play the best football ive ever witnessed.

    Ps If KK had this squad where do you think we would be in the table

    NUFC fans -dont make me laugh

  • Ian Toon

    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #23

    jesper- Hello mate. Hope your as enthused at the prospect of beating the mackems as I am. Growing up, the toon winning and the mackems
    losing was always a recipe for a great weekend. Nothing’s changed and already I feel the excitement that a derby game particularly at SJP engenders. Hope Villads is fit and well.
    Keep going with your instincts that’s what makes you and Ibiza’s input worthwhile reading. Here’s hoping for a great weekend.

  • Slank

    Apr 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #24

    Jimmysmith @ 17

    I agree with you that Liverpool would be very very wary of doing any type of business with Newcastle. The Carroll transaction made Liverpool look complete fools who were mugged by Llambias, who took great pleasure in reminding us and them of it. Liverpool must have been quite hurt to be so publically humiliated. Their pride would have taken quite a dent.

    One bitten …..

  • Slank

    Apr 14, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #25

    With regard to Cabaye and ManU, if the best team in the Premiership and arguably one of the top five teams in Europe come a knocking offering higher wages and more importantly almost guaranteed trophies and honours you will leave whether you play for Newcastle United or almost any other team in Europe.

    Newcastle wouldn’t / couldn’t stand in his way. All the power is with the players now and Newcastle know this and would let him go, for a handsome fee.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Morning Ian!

    I missed your post the last time, but thanks again for asking about Villads 🙂 he’s doing great.

    He’s 2 and half now and a proud Newcastle supporter just like his dad lol

    How’s life treating you? Going to the game?


    Apr 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #27

    This story os a Non-starter !

    Inevitably maybe Cabaye and Hatem will eventually leave us? But not any time soon?

    Plus it will take Maga-Bucks to prise either Yohan or Hatem away from us!

    It will also be, i believe one of either Barca, or Real or Bayern Munchen or maybe PSG who come in for them?

    They are both that Good !

  • bills-son

    Apr 14, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Interesting reaction by bloggers on here to the Cabaye to ManU story.

    Not long ago most fans on here were full of ‘the fat greedy bstad Ashley will sell any player for a profit at the first decent offer’. How times have changed. Now most fans have completely the opposite opinion [the correct one] that there is absolutely no chance that any top player will leave unless absolutely stupid over the top money is offered – and even then there is no guarantee that Ashley will sell.

    The reason why Ashley won’t sell other than for stupid Carrollesque type money is because the guy is hugely ambitious and wants to win trophies for NUFC. Its as simple as that. If he was in it for the profit – as constantly accused by fans in the past – he would have sold a good few of our top players already.

    So – why is that 90% of fans accept now that Ashley wont even consider selling unless we get stupid offers but won’t or don’t make the obvious conclusion that that signifies huge ambition by Ashley to build a successful team?

    I just don’t get it – I really don’t.

  • Dennis Twice

    Apr 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #29

    So i wish them good luck

    Cabaye sold 20£
    Hatem sold 20£

    Obertan, Colo, Santon also sold

  • Bambams

    Apr 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #30

    How long is left on Benny’s and Cabs contracts? Must be 2/3 years….

    I am also with a few other bloggers and cant see Liverfool wanting to give us more money after the last ‘ Spanking’ re Big Andy.

    I hope we can get those two or three jigsaw players who can make our team ‘sleek’ and give us a much better season next year.

    PEA, REMY or a player ‘like’ Bellamy (pace) up front to burn would do me.

  • saxonfenken

    Apr 14, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Get real, Cabaye was an average player for France when he came to the toon, He now is there best player thank to somebody at our club, just wonder if it could be Pardew

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #32

    I reckon Suarez will be on his way from Liverpool in the summer. They will want to get some players in. I think Ben Arfa would move to Champions League team but not Liverpool, cannot see them breaking into the top four anytime soon.
    Cabaye to Man Utd may be a more realistic story, however it would take more than £20m.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Well I’m sure every player has his price especially if he wants to go. Just as I’m sure Cabs would quite like turning out for Man U, for instance.

    The right offer comes in, either would be off to that calibre of club.

    Didn’t Man U come in for Tiote at over 15 mill a while back. On current form he’d more likely be sold to Leeds for half a sack of yorkshire puddings.

    Hindsight is always 20/20 but I’m sure the board would listen to genuine offers for any player.

  • kevymartins

    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #34

    @Jimmysmith you forget about a certain LB? they took jose enrique not long after carroll and my brother and dad in law are liverpool fans and there quite happy they said to me that was one of there better signings he has been outstanding for them. Plus they got him on a very cheap so in a weird way that could put a dint in the justice for the AC 35mil through there eyes in a way.


    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Its derby day and the papers are full of NUFC players going else where? Standard

    Any Sunderland stars being linked away? Any Sunderland stars? Haha

    This can wait until tomorrow lads ITS DERBY DAY!!!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #36

    Where do they come up with this sh1te!!!
    Swapping Ben arfa for Carroll would be like swapping a Ferrari for a vauxhaul nova!!

    Sorry mate but that is stupid statement, when cabs signed for us he was relatively unknown outside of France and on the fringes of the national team
    Under pardew at Newcastle cabaye’s reputation has rocketed, one of the best midfielders in the league and the first name on our team sheet and one of the first on France’s team sheet

  • kevymartins

    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #37

    @WWYCD there is no 5underland stars. It’s always going to be like this for pritty much club’s with a lot of motivation and ambition ie us everton swansea but the better sorry richter teams are always gona be out for are talent and in the end always win…But yea your right let’s forget about it and leave it for a rainey day .It’s the biggest day of the season for us 😀 HWTL

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #38


    After the past few years I think Ashley has shown he is just looking to sell a player to make a quick profit. But before the past 2 years I think fans were right to worry. We lost a lot of players at relegation, (but kept some important ones too), that’s standard and wasn’t a bad thing now. But with him putting th club up for sale you can see why fans didn’t think he was in it for the long haul.

    In terms of buying and being ambitious that’s still not settled for me. He didn’t buy last summer, might have saved a couple mill on a few players but sometimes you shoul pay a bit more in order to get the players you need, that was a mistake.

    He bought very well in January but until we see our business in the summer we won’t know if he has learned from his mistake or whether he just reacted to being in a relegation scrap and to ensure of status in the league.

    I’m not slating the guy, think at worst he is just a standard prem league owner which is fair enough. But until this summer window is done we won’t know the full stretch of his ambition.


    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #39

    Exactly mate haha its too much of an exciting day to think about this crap

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #40

    Sure Kevy, but when they bought Enrique they were surely still wallowing in their own delusion regarding the “prized” acquisition of Wor Andy.

    I’m equally sure they’re still only now in the anger phase of the 5 stages of grief regarding the loss of all that dosh and so despise us.


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