The French Daily L’Equipe are reporting that Liverpool have made an official approach to Newcastle United for their 26 year-old French International winger Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa – official approach being made by Liverpool?
And then the report says that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping he can persuade the 13 times capped French International, with the promise of more starts this season than under Alan Pardew.
Well that’s an odd statement, because last year while Ben Arfa played only 22 times with 4 goals and 3 assists, he missed a lot of games last season only because of his rather severe hamstring injury.
If the Frenchman had been fit then Alan Pardew would have played him a lot more times, because he was first choice when he was fit.
It will be interesting to see if this report has any truth to it, because if there has been an official approach for Ben Arfa, we would expect Newcastle to immediately turn down the bid.
That’s unless it’s around £25M, but the news is that it’s only around £10M.
We’d be surprised, in fact we’d be completely shocked, if Liverpool are willing to pay anywhere near £25M for Ben Arfa.
What do you think?
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