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French Reports – Liverpool Make Approach For Newcastle Winger

10:14 pm, Friday, July 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 94 Comments

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 hands on hips

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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94 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Being dressed as a sheep while low fell nag is yomping in Corbridge is too good for Ashley.

  • 2 Uncertain Toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    HaHaHa, nice one

  • 3 bills-son // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    HBA to LPool?

    More chance of the Loch Ness Monster being found in the Mersey.

    Utter bollox.

  • 4 wynsleap // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Yes – let’s not buy anyone and whilst we’re on let’s sell the most talented ‘edge of your seat’ player we have.
    It beggars belief yet with this regime I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens.
    This club is going nowhere quicker than I thought.

  • 5 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    In a french Liverpool supporter’s wet dream.

  • 6 Uncertain Toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Because of how happy Benny was back and training, and we think this will never happen, It might!!!

  • 7 bills-son // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Just when you thought the doom couldn’t get any worse ‘believe any rumour’ Wynsleap comes on in manic depressive mode.

  • 8 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    We should sell when the offer is 100M. He’s better than Messi!

  • 9 Uncertain Toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I’ll show my arse in Woolies if Benny goes to Liverpool!

  • 10 Mister Tuff // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Managed to find an interesting article from the Liverpool Echo – it’s all about the monster spotted in the Mersey. Link:-

  • 11 JAMSHA // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    liverfool yes u can hav arfa an giv us surez

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Just went to the toilet and missed a piece on Cisse on Look North , anybody ..

  • 13 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Deadline Day ?@DeadlineDay
    RT “@BabettevHaaren: Big statement from Siem de Jong tonight. He is not leaving Ajax this summer.”

    Liverpool looks to be losing out on Eriksen to Milan.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Mr Tuff,
    Respect lol.

  • 15 toon kk // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    If we sell HBA it would just prove what a joke MA is, mind it wouldn’t surprise me. As long as money is there he’ll take it for getting he’s the most gifted player we have.

  • 16 toonicle // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    10M? Ridiculous. We should be looking for at least 20M to start.

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Please lets not jump on a band waggon unless he is sold.

  • 18 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    More good news Sazzer

  • 19 Uncertain Toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Mister Tuff,
    Ringo Starr swimming! my ribs are hurting, friggin brilliant!!!

  • 20 Mister Tuff // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    jail -saw the piece on Look North -was about usury and it was same pitch as was posted on here the other day by -what’s his name tino asprilla or similar. Couple of Muslim supporters saying they would not go to the match/buy tickets/shirts – basically a boycott.

  • 21 EastEndMagpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    would love to know how the french know about a liverpool – newcastle “transfer” before anyone in england…. really cannot seeing this happening at all, mainly because for the money we will ask, they could get errikson…. i think we are actually going to still have all of our players, including cisse, at the end of the transfer window… ashley simply does not have to sell unless its silly money, simple as….. also think were gonna end up with bent and gomis, and hopefully scott sinclair, i’d be happy with that but would much prefer remy, i think we will push on big time next season, i really do, we where written off before the season started when we finished 5th, our squad is a lot strong than at that time, and stronger than everyone seems to think, plus this season everyone will be looking at us as a potential easy point or 3, last year we where a team to really try and beat…. think we’ll prove a lot of critics wrong. if we got remy, gomis, sinclair and kouyate this window i’d be really chuffed. also big season ahead for vuckic if he stays fit, the lad could be a real top player.

    on another note, think maybe mourinho’s comments the other day about being a first team player every game if you want to play in the world cup might have got into any of our players ears? hope so…

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    And for my tuppencance worth I’d be more than happy if it was 20M, the money was immediately reinvested or Mashley got Pards to say we’re 20M cheaper to buy

  • 23 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Jesus we still havent signed anybody….

    this is a Joke…. seriously…I mean Gomis..of all striker options….dear lord….

    We havent even looked for…

    quality CM other than Cabaye….

  • 24 Mister Tuff // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Just checked out L’Equipe – they are stating the Benny story is from their sources. Therefore re-cycled rubbish.
    What was interesting though was a bit about Gomis. He is not playing in Lyons’ friendly tomorrow as he has been sidelined due to impending departure -they suggest OM.
    (might be us though).

  • 25 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    I can’t see us do business with Liverpool for very long time. Unless there is loophole that will f the other club over.

  • 26 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    would be an okay window … i agree dont see it happening with this tempo…

  • 27 EastEndMagpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    gomis isnt even a bad player? have you even ever watched him play? bet half of the people slating him just dont like his stats on fifa….. ok not my personal top choice but hes a decent player….

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Dobar Vicee,
    Carcuse moi Toon brate

  • 29 toon kk // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    The down side of selling any of our players now is they’ve all lost alot of there value after last season. Silly time to sell any of our best, we should be adding to them.

  • 30 EastEndMagpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM


    have faith mate, trust me i am as frustrated as any fan about lack of movement, but tbh, its because we only really need 2-3 players man….

  • 31 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    Dobra vecer brate evo nista kurac…


    just no news 🙁

  • 32 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Siem de Jong ?@siemdejong
    Ik heb besloten om me volledig op Ajax te focussen. Een transfer is niet aan de orde..

    De Jong told Ajax.NL, “I have decided to focus completely on Ajax,”

    “I have a good feeling about the whole preparation, the group, and the staff, i am talking to myself. I do not see why i should leave”

    “I want to send a signal, a transfer is not an issue for me, it does not play. It would be nice if this group stays together. I yesterday told the coach they can count on me.”

  • 33 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Sinclair would be perfect solution ….in need of a fast winger badly…

    and if i see this year players like Marveaux and Anita bench-warming i would have enough….

  • 34 banjax // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    A Liverpool with £40 to £50m in their pocket from the Suarez sale just might see a £25M bid for BA. Saying that Liverpool are up to their necks in debt, the latest figure mooted being £180m – ouch that payback must be a bitch. For all our moans at least the Toon is back to solvency with a few quid in the bank. Sad to say Liverpool aren’t the force they used to be and their debts are catching up to them and at some stage they will have to pay that money back with interest and with no Suarez and an ageing Titan in the form of Gerard with his best years behind him, Liverpool supporters have less and less to shout about. Still if the scousers want to stump up £25mil for BA then go for it – there are some good replacements about for that kind of money.

  • 35 stan anderson // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Come on Ben Arfa is not worth 10 million,he is never fit.If he was gone just how much would we miss him.

  • 36 EastEndMagpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM


    also the gomis comment isnt aimed directly at you mate, i may not comment much but read thee blog daily and see constant slating of him, his record isnt the best but its definately not the worst, he’s no shola ameobi….. he’s a oppurtunist finisher and he has a decent bit of skill, good movement, probably lacking a bit of pace now but hes powerful and good with both feet. and they want rid of him because hes about to go into his final year, not because he is a bad player

  • 37 Blofal // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Lets sell Cabaye and Ben Arfa for over 50 million and bring in Shaquiri and Reus!!

    Oh I forgot the best players wont come here because “thank god we’re not playing in Europe” this year.

  • 38 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM


    hey mate possibly, but trying to get anything close to Ameobi, I would want to slit my wrists…

    I think the striker like Gomis to me is not a cisse replacement, but an Ameobi one if you know what I mean….

  • 39 EastEndMagpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    if i woke up tommorow to a quad signing of kayoute, sinclair, gomis and remy i think i would actually sh!t myself….

  • 40 bills-son // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Sky Sports: Newcastle agree £15M deal for Hatem Ben Arfa. £14M cash + Suarez.

  • 41 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM


    i would too….

  • 42 EastEndMagpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    gorgonzola – yeah defo mate, im talking as if we still had cisse man, obviously if cisse left we would need a replacement for him on top aswell man

  • 43 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Brendan Rodgers:

    “There has been lots of players linked but the fact is we really only had one (top target) and unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to speak to that player before he moved from Shakhtar.

    “We had spoken to Shakhtar, we had got permission to speak to him but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to sit down in front of him. It was already in place with Dortmund so that was disappointing.

    “I always feel that if I can get in front of the player, I can sell the club and what our project is here.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    You been on the drink again ; o

  • 45 bills-son // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Brendan, any chance of having a bit craic with Shola?

  • 46 stuart no9 // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    ED, why would you be shocked if liverpool offered 25M for bennie? the man is brilliant – one of the best players in the prem . when he is fit , that is his worth !

  • 47 bills-son // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Jail, drink? Me?

    Mharever wakes tou yhink tat?

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    if negotiations really are in the hands of JFK it’s a very frightening thought. Think Ash will get as annoyed with him as he did with Llambias

  • 49 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Rotonda heights

    one can only hope….

  • 50 stan anderson // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Stuart no 9
    When he is fit yeh

  • 51 PrinceMonkey // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Ed – for the second time now st mirren don’t play at love street anymore. They moved to st mirren park, greenhill road in 2009. Before that they played at st mirren park, love street.

  • 52 yo-yo // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    IF Benny gets a long run without injury and a solid series of games in – then we’ll really see how good he is.

  • 53 stuart no9 // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    bills – forever the optimist ! people like you never learn .

  • 54 stan anderson // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I honestly think Ben Arfa is a class act,but is not as valuable to us as someone less skillful but is fit for more than 20% of the season see the light people.

  • 55 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Pardew told the Chronicle: “The Lyon president has come out and said we are involved with Gomis – and I can confirm that, we are.”

  • 56 stuart no9 // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    stan anderson – would we miss him ? of course not. he dosnt score many goals last year due to injury . however every one he scored was goal of the season candidate , the best player we have had when it comes to opening the defence up since the great peter beardsley , can turn a player in the middle of the park. and ease past defenders as if they wernt there , has defenders twisted inside out trying to mark him , all this having come back from injury ! would we miss him ? your on a different planet mate hahaha

  • 57 stan anderson // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    I am in the real world that see,s the team sheet week after week without Ben Arfa,s name on it.A very expensive passenger to have really is he not.How many goals has he got for us,as good as they may be.

  • 58 Tinman // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    So many negative people out there.

  • 59 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    More chance of Peter Andre entering Mastermind, his specialist subject being ‘The History of Quantum Electrodynamics’ and him winning.

  • 60 stuart no9 // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    stan – say we had a season when he wasnt injured , would he be worth keeping ?

  • 61 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM


    JFAs the worst, he thrives on it. Probably vanish if we won a trophy this season.

  • 62 jimmysmith // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I wonder if JFK is basically just incapable of getting the job done. He was initially full of bravado, which in some respects is admirable, but almost certainly the boardroom is not the place anymore that it was in his day, nor in reality his capacity what it once was, it would seem.

    His silence and our seeming lack of transfer activity certainly seems very odd, or is it exactly as it should be prior to deals being done?

  • 63 Ben3arfa // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Fee agreed for Gomis, apparently only £4M ??

    We’ve been given permission to speak to him

  • 64 Tommyy // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    If Ben Arfa can come through an effective pre – season fit and motivated, then he will be a force. The chances of that are slim though, you just know something will give. My old man had a French international colleague who allegedly has known him since he was a kid, and that he’s never been able to cope fully with the mental aspect of being a gifted footballer, and that it has prevented him from becoming one of the best. Sad thing is its probably true and may well be linked to reoccurring injuries etc.

  • 65 jimmysmith // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Impeccable timing, as usual.

  • 66 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Stan Anderson
    Good we have Jonas and Obertan.

  • 67 Tommyy // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    If we can Bring in Gomis for 4m that would be shrewd business, he’s a decent player. Ideally we’d also get a bigger name striker alongside like Remy and a winger like Sinclair and I’d be happy with that for this window.
    Then we’d just need Pardew to make them tick, which is a whole different story.

  • 68 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    I heard it is 7 m £ they bought him for 13 m € from St.Etienne.

  • 69 Tommyy // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Anybody think Assaidi from Liverpool would be worth a cheap punt as winger competition? Or just another Obertan? He’s certainly struggled there after being excellent at Herenveen for 2 seasons.

  • 70 stan anderson // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Ofcoure he would be worth keepin if he wasfit and knoking the goals in .but thesad fact i he has never had a good injury free spell with the toon has he?

  • 71 Yohan Kebab // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    surprised people dont rate gomis higher, to me he is an excellent out and out strong striker

    a more proven bony if you like, consistently scoring 15+ goals a season

  • 72 Yohan Kebab // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    i hope cisse isnt on his way out 🙁

  • 73 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Ben3Arfa – Where u getting that from mate?

  • 74 Bambams // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Is this Gomis any good….. been at a bbq all day sk my research on Internet not easy…
    Goodcday though

  • 75 wynsleap // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    bills-son @ 7 – you say that I am ‘believe any rumour Wynsleap’
    What part of ‘with this regime I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens’ don’t you understand?
    Maybe I’m as blindly pessimistic as you are stubbornly pro-Ashley optimistic.
    It comes with experience and realism though mate – something you may have one day.

  • 76 jimmysmith // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Gomis at 4 mill would seem an excellent and typical Newcastle bit of business, but it would just reinforce what I think we all suspect in that Ashley is ambitious for Newcastle, but only up to a point. Top 8, hope for a cup and the occasional European adventure. He’s not in it for ego or glory at all, which isn’t such a thrilling prospect if you’re a fan who can even remember the tilts we had even not so long ago as under Sir Bobby and further back to Keegan or edge of your seat sides we have long come to see as our own.

  • 77 sweendog // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Gomis .. I reckon he’d be an excellent signing .. Him and Remy and keeping cisse you’d have an excellent front 3

  • 78 stuart no9 // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Gomis in – cisse away to rubin kazan ? = back to square 1

  • 79 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Stuart – We’d actually be worse off as gomis would have to adjust to the premier league. Im praying we dont get rid of cisse i love the bloke.

  • 80 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    If this Gomis news is true, I for one will be ecstatic. I would like Gignac because of the physical presence he brings to a game but Gomis is a better all rounder with more pace… Strong as an ox and knows where the net is!

    Those that say they don’t want him to come, I would love to know more, other than ‘he’s an Ameobi upgrade’, I don’t think we have been watching the same fellow. You don’t get in the French national attack if you are an Ameobi upgrade.

    Very good player indeed, big, strong, good team ethic, quick and can finish. There aren’t many better proven strikers about that would come to the toon given our standing last year, take the blinkers off!

  • 81 siqkicks // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    With man city signing Jovetic, they now have 5 recognized forwards. Aguero, Jovetic, Dzeko ,Negredo and Guidetti. That means guidetti is almost never going to get any games. i think its best time for us to move for him and sinclair. I think if we get both for 11-13 million it’ll be great business for all parties. Get Bent signed up and if cisse leave gomis. Gomis and Guidetti up front. I think gomis and bent would solve our set play issues especially from corners. Thoughts?

  • 82 stuart no9 // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    stan — hes hardly been here 2 seasons- should we have got rid of shearer when he ruptured knee ligaments and missed most of the season ? of course not . you cant just sell a player because you ” think ” he might get injured again. give the boy a chance to have a full season playing , and to see what difference he could make to a otherwise poor nufc team . but lets be honest – who could blame him if he wanted out, not me .

  • 83 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM


    Guidetti is a pipe dream, never gonna happen. We will never risk 6-8m on an unproven young ‘un no matter what the pedigree.

    He has done it in Holland, but there has to be a reason he hasn’t really been given a chance in EPL or domestic cups. Our best bet is to get a loan with first option to buy if he succeeds. It is a big if mind on the success.

    Just my opinion buddy!

  • 84 stan anderson // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    I may be negative,but that is what happens when you get year after year nothingness,watching the team fail to meet your expectations,bad management,injured players etc.I even dare to say the great Peter Beardsley did,nt turn up some games,but when he did it was worth waiting for.Cant say the same about the present squad we have apart from Sissokho on a couple of shows

  • 85 stuart no9 // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    tekkers – i hope we get both . cisse just needs to sort hinself out, or the club come to some compromise gomis and cisse would be decent – some how i dont think it will happen cisse has it in his head now to be away .

  • 86 Novocastrian66 // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I would be gutted if Ben Arfa left, I would be inconsolable if he went to Liverpool. I’m sick of Liverpool signing our best players; Kennedy, McDermott, Beardsley, Carroll, Enrique. They may have got stung on Carroll, but over the years they’ve done better out of deals between the two clubs.
    I want to see them fail, Inhate them more than Sunderland and nearly as much as Man Utd.

  • 87 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM


    I agree, both Cisse and Gomis have 2 different skillsets – they bring different options to the table. I like the prospect of them together. For the record too, Gomis won’t spit the dummy out if asked to play wide and has done in the past, a bigger version of Remy if you will and although he isn’t as quick as Remy he is definitely no slouch!

  • 88 siqkicks // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    We paid 5 mil for santon. It may be more than what we usually pay for but loan w option to buy sounds good but honestly I rather pay 2 million more than pay for someone like bent whos got about 3-4 years tops at the top level. Guidetti if a success that 2 million extra could be a potential 10 million profit. Whereas bent and gomis value will either stay or go down. Guidetti can score , we don’t know at EPL level but then that’s the risk when aston villa took when they got benteke, Swansea w michu. Kid just needs a chance. Loan w option

  • 89 siqkicks // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    think the reason why he’s never gotten a chance because he had balotelli ,aguero, dzeko , tevez all in front of him!

  • 90 kevymartins // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Last name fail first name never 😉

  • 91 surrey_toon // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    why do always get the feeling if there is going to be any good news bad new will shortly follow

  • 92 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:20 AM


    I would take him in a heartbeat given the hype surrounding him, just can’t see it happening. He’s a player I don’t know much about, sounds more like a versatile forward. If only our regime would take the odd gamble, in PL terms 6-8m isn’t an awful lot and his wages wouldn’t be massive either. I would love if we tried to get him on a similar deal to the one that got HBA on Tyneside!

    As for not getting a chance because of the guys in front of him, he still should have been ‘blooded’ at some point with the odd cameo or cup game, after all he is now in his early twenties.

  • 93 stuart no9 // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    krul- have to be honest , not seen much of gomis, but what i have seen , been very impressed . how he would adapt to the prem ? not sure but he is deff worth a punt.

  • 94 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM


    He is custom built for the PL. I’ll put my neck on the line and say poor man’s Drogba!

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