There are reports in France that Liverpool will soon put in a bid for Newcastle’s French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, according to reports in France.
Ben Arfa – in training this summer
It’s not the first time Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers have been linked with the 13 times capped French International, who is a very popular player on Tyneside.
There was some news back in January that Liverpool were interested in the former Marseilles and Lyon winger, but at the time Ben Arfa had that bad hamstring injury, which kept him out for a lot of last season.
And it seems this news has come up after Liverpool missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who joined Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The reports in France say that Ben Arfa would be open to the move to the Reds, but that would be a surprise, because he has said many times and said he wants to stay on Tyneside and play for the terrific supporters, and currently he is seeking anew deal at the club.
But of course you never know in football, and we suppose owner Mike Ashley would be willing to sell, but Mike is not daft and it would take an Andy Carroll type bid for Ashley to sell, and we think that would be around £25M.
And Liverpool should be unwilling to pay that amount for the French winger, which is why he will almost certainly stay on Tyneside this summer.
26 year-old Hatem has had a bit of an injury filled time on Tyneside, and in three seasons, since signing on from Marseilles, he has played 56 times with 11 goals and 10 assists.
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