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Ben Arfa Linked With Late Inter-Milan Move

12:21 pm, Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 73 Comments

The breaking news is that Inter-Milan are interested in taking Hatem Ben Arfa today, and the news is being reported on Italian site Tuttomercato.

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Ben Arfa – there’s an Inter link

We have to think this is one of those daft stories that get produced on the last day of the transfer window, and there’s just no way  Newcastle should be even thinking about selling Ben Arfa at the moment, since he could well fill that withdrawn striker role for the rest of the season, that Yohan Cabaye had.

Tuttomercato are reporting that Inter-Milan want the French winger in a late bid to get him to Italy.

Ben Arfa has been out of favor at Newcastle this season,  but whenever he does get a chance – like last Tuesday at Norwich – he was our best player.

And unless Newcastle want to see and hear the fury of their fans  - there should be no way the club are even thinking of letting Ben Arfa go – whatever fee Inter are willing to offer.

We cannot decimate our team just because top clubs come in with big money offers very late in the transfer window.

Mike Ashley has to understand  there’s more than just money in football – that keeping good players and building a top team is another thing that football is all about – especially at Newcastle United.

This has to be nonsense.

We hope. :(

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73 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dubzy // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 10m
    Hatem Ben Arfa unlikely to leave Newcastle this window: #GFFNDday #NUFC

  • 2 Malta Mag // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Now this would be a disaster and if HBA was to be sold, which I doubt, the n I’m off to support Berwick Rangers!!!!!!!

  • 3 dubzy // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Keith Downie ?@SkySports_Keith 29m
    We’re told there’s nothing in Hatem Ben Arfa to Inter Milan #deadlineday

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Breaking news
    Mike Ashley reveals plans for Cabaye fee

  • 5 SharpEnough23 // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Lets be realistic, we won’t sign anyone today, if were lucky we will get rid of obertan.

    The powers that be have obviously settled for mid table mediocracy.

    Now is the time (after tomorrow) for Pardew to bring our youngsters into the first team. Bigi,Armstrong,haidara/dummet and sammy

  • 6 valle // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Jepser… You are kinda arguing with youself while agreeing with me the same time. If we should have secured him BEFORE selling Cabaye as you say (Which is more or less what I said) Then we didnt offer Lyon enough to begin with. My point was that when we then finally agree with Lyon, we also offer the player peanuts instead of getting things done.

  • 7 SholaHeskey // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    If we can get 20m for Ben Arfa he should go too. and if we use that 20m to pay someone to take Obertan it’s been a good window.

  • 8 daztoon // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:32 PM


    Spot on

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    The approach for HBA is supposedly on loan, so won’t happen

    However, with Pardews interview about the summer and players contracts being under 2 years (HBA will have 1 year left in the summer) if they came in with a bid of between £8-10 mil, I reckon he’d sell today

  • 10 BandB // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM


    I agree that Ash has been very methodical, and is not simply “making mistakes.”
    The club policy has been laid out for all to see, and it is being followed.
    He has been far quicker, as you might expect, to grasp the true potential of the TV money.
    It is the greatest incentive to inactivity since the inception of the Common Agricultural Policy.
    All a club has to do to get a big fat subsidy at the end of every season is to stay in the division.
    As you say, income from the paying fan is no longer critical. As you say, they are increasingly irrelevant. He can take as long a game-view as he likes, with no need for crowd-pleasing signings or cup runs.
    As you say, the business case defies contradiction.

  • 11 toon1707 // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    I am in no doubt tomorrow there will be trouble in the town nobody signed Sunderland playing well and I really can’t see us winning look at the Norwich game our end product is still terrible for the first time ever I am not looking forward to taking my seat in the stand for a derby game

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    headtheball – indeed JFK is a half wit. However, I really do not blame him -he should never have been appointed in the first place. Mr Tubbs is the man to blame. Why the hell employ old Joe – the bloke is medically unfit, and if rumours (lots of them I’ve heard personally) are correct in him getting pissed and giving it large in local hostelries are true -well were just storing up trouble and embarrassment for the future. He is not up to speed with modern football, can hardly string a couple of sentences together, has obviously been gagged by Tubbs, has the ignominy of having his notes published in the programme -when it’s clear to all he’s not the author.
    in this day and age we should have got someone with the requisite skills -and it’s Mr Tubbs’ fault entirely.

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    That would be a very good move for him!

  • 14 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    There’s higher chances we will sell a key player then another player coming in.

    Kinnear is probably having his beer right now in his room.

  • 15 SholaHeskey // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    My prediction: 1-1 Johnson for them and De Jong for us. Howay the lads.

  • 16 theartfuldodger // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    It would be wise to give it a rest now. The writing is on the wall.

  • 17 pawl250 // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Worst case scenario no one leaves ….


    Conclusion – Not bad, Elliot is a standard back up, great distribution, but lacks what class Krul has were it matters…. stopping goals.


    Conculsion – Strongest defence we have had in years! And not bad back up. Perhaps abit short at right back if Debuchy is injured, or more likely suspended. Santon only cover, then your shifting natural centre backs out wide. Still enough to get by. I think the only one I would like to see leave is RTaylor, he is on 40k a week, which is way too much in my opinion.

    Ben Arfa

    Conclusion – Without Cabaye we lack that class in the middle of the park, or should I say class that does it all. No argument that Ben Arfa has class, but he defensive ability is questionable at best. Feel we need another addition to the squad this window. Siem De Jong would be my choice. I now question the loan of Jonas, he is on high wages but doubt Norwich are paying them all. Gosling ending his contract in the summer would like to see another 2 additions made at that time. Obertan has to leave. For me Bigirmana needs to be on the fringe now, time to step up little man.

    De Jong

    Cisse needs confidence, Shola is useless, De Jong and Remy on loan worries me slightly. Personally its arguably the strongest strike force we have had, maybe Ba being the exception. But lets be honest alot of fire power in that small group. Would like to see youngster Adam Armstrong brought into the fold alot more. Remy, Cisse out at this moment De Jong is for me the only striker worthy to play. Needs strengthened considerably in the summer, assuming De Jong and Remy do not come, Shola out of contract leaves Cisse the ONLY current first team striker at the club. Loans for me are no good as seen in Remys case, perhaps De Jong may prove otherwise.

  • 18 toon kk // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    No one should be surprised, everyone knows how Mash runs the club.
    Next season we’ll be in a dog fight at the wrong end of the table after more players are sold or leave.
    Strange club but fans still complain but are still willing to give Mash there money. I will always support Newcastle but he’s not getting my coin.
    he’s taking the p..s but people still support him.

  • 19 mag // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Hearing that Newcastle are plotting a late swoop for Cabella, they’ve left it late to put pressure on Montpellier as no one else has shown any interest!

  • 20 pawl250 // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    P.s. Arguably strongest strike force in recent times, obviously not of all time!

  • 21 Ben3arfa // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:47 PM


  • 22 Ben3arfa // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Didnt Pardew say somewhere that De Jong wont be playing because he “isnt fit” ?

  • 23 felling mag // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    If we sign nobody today if will make no difference to my support tomorrow i`ll still be roaring like a lion to try and help the team as much as I can. If no players come in the atmosphere will be even more hostile than it mabe would of been. Could be a blessing in disguise! we`ve still got a better team than the unwashed! come on Le toon!!!!

  • 24 SholaHeskey // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Ben3 – i bet he runs around more than Shola does fit or unfit and didnt he say it would be the best to score against the scum in one of Ed’s earlier articles. even the starting 11 is kept from us!

    Ps Pawl – good review there mate, if you can do a bit of cleaning and nip to krispy kreme everyday about lunchtime you can have JFK’s job.

  • 25 veto // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    year and a half on his contract , lucky to get peanuts for him , why do i get the feeling alot of our players will run down their contracts , why have we so many on 2 year left when that leaves them open to buying out their deals ?

  • 26 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Jamie Carragher live on ssn from 1:30.
    no point in watching that, you can’t understand a f#cking word the phlegmy scouse biscuit says.

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I don’t think he will sign a new contract anyway – honestly why should he?

    …our season is over ad well anyway…af least so has I been told!

  • 28 felling mag // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Shola could be our match winner afterall the SCUM game is the one he normally turns up for and he`s due a goal! Big Shola the Makem Slayer!

  • 29 mag // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    felling mag – Ashley must love blokes like you.

  • 30 toon kk // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Fellling Mag
    hows it a blessing in disguise? Mash can do what he likes because people like you don’t mind!

  • 31 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    dey do dat down dere don’t dey dogh?

  • 32 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM


    he hasn’t been the Mackem slayer for a while now. seems to have lost his powers there.

  • 33 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I see stoke are after whack-a-mole from the scum
    A match made in heaven. Long ball thuggery is stokes speciality.

  • 34 felling mag // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Toon kk
    Be quiet you knob. It`s the team I support not the regime av had a season ticket for 16yrs and I`m not going to go to a match and be quiet especially against the Scum. Are you one of the 50 thousand mugs like! Dick!

  • 35 SharpEnough23 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Cabaye’s replacement

  • 36 pawl250 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    For me if we have everyone fit it would be

    ————————- Krul
    Debuchy – Williamson – Mbiwa – Santon
    ———– Sissoko – Tiote – Anita
    Ben Arfa ———- De Jong —— Gouffran

    Elliot, STaylor, Haidara, Gosling, Marveaux, Cisse, Shola

    That in my opinion is our strongest 11 currently for tomorrow.

    I obviously know Colo and Remy are defo not available.

  • 37 pawl250 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Felling Mag

    No need for that like mate. Take it easy, we are all friends here.

  • 38 felling mag // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Toon KK
    Read my post again I meant for the atmosphere tomorrow not for the rest of the season!

  • 39 Finnbad The Sailor // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    We said this last derby and Shola was shocking, to be fair the majority of the team was. Baptism of fire for De Jong, hope he can at least make a cameo and show us what he’s all about.

    For the first time I can remember I’m not lookinh forward to the prospect of the derby.

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    26Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Jamie Carragher live on ssn from 1:30.
    no point in watching that, you can’t understand a f#cking word the phlegmy scouse biscuit says.

    I haven’t stopped laughing after that comment.

  • 41 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I agree with FellingMag to an extent,how did we force him to put the club up for sale last time?.In a perfect world what i would like to see is 52,000 geordies all turned to face him next time he’s at the match singing”Get out Of Our Club” for the full 90 mins.

  • 42 piers18 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    I really don’t think De Jong will start

  • 43 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:13 PM


    Glad i could provide at least some cheer on this depresing day :D

  • 44 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    De jong played a lot for Gladbach in their friendlies in the B’liga winter break

  • 45 GAZ09 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Why do people keep saying play Marveaux? You cant blame Pardew for freezing him out, the guy will be lucky to get a game again, had he not thrown a fit and refused to sit on the bench in a reserve game.

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Why do some people think we are going to lose tomorrow, we still got a strong squad even without cabaye.

  • 47 toon kk // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Felling Mag
    I understand you support the team but you are supporting mash as well.

  • 48 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Barnsley have signed Frimpong from Arsenal. I forgot that guy even existed

  • 49 AaranD // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    This summer is going to be a manic one with the squad… can see may comings and goings.

  • 50 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:19 PM


    we have a better team but they have a way better manager who can inspire lesser players to perform. Johnson looks a different player now.

    Would not blame any of Cisse, Ben Arfa or Marveaux if they left now. The club, Ash, JFK and Pardew aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

  • 51 Ancientcoptic // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    They would love him at Inter Milan, they like their flair players.

    As much as I love the guy, he could do a lot better than sitting on our bench… we do not deserve him.

  • 52 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:21 PM


    I have missed loads today! Taraabt to AC Milan???

  • 53 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    If a Lion is incharge of Dogs, they will fight like Lions and if a Dog is head of Lions they will fight like Dogs.

    Pardew = Dog, Poyet = Lion

  • 54 Ancientcoptic // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    I am a little confused by the Grenier situation. We did not have a bid accepted by Lyon, so why did Grenier reject the chance to play for us? wouldn’t a bid need to be accepted, and terms offered before he could reject the chance to play for us.

    Anyways, I do not blame him not wanting to come. Grenier’s agent would have told him that if he performed for NUFC, he would not be rewarded, which is what happened to Cabaye. Cabaye is a few million out of pocket by not moving sooner. We are not an exciting prospect for players with potential, they will not sign for a club that will not reward them for playing at a higher level to what they are being paid.

  • 55 piers18 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Newcastle needs a hero, whether its a player or a new owner.

  • 56 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    If Goofy and cisse are still injured, and LDJ is not starting, What team would people like to see?

    i cant see many forward options. maybe try the false no 9 thing…




    (this is the problem. obertan or marv for this last position, otherwise we are using Shola :( )

  • 57 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Why can’t something be done about teams like Chelsea?,buying young starlets then loaning them out straight away the latest d1ckhead is Kurt Zouma.Haven’t they got about 25 players out on loan at the minute?.I had a childhood friend,his parents owned their own business and they had a bit of money.After the World Cup in 1990 he bought a gold Mitre ball,it was cool as sh1t,the spoilt b@stard wouldn’t let us play with it incase it got scratched.Chelsea are that kid.

  • 58 Macas // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Ancientcoptic – That’s not entirely true, he would have received a higher wage than he is on now if he had signed for us, and the club have shown that if you play well you will get a new improved contract, as in the case of Tiote for example

  • 59 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Zaha to Cardiff, too. This is truly an awful day

  • 60 John Tudor // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    football has gone to sh1t! ill stick to karting and my dirt biking

  • 61 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM


    you just need a clubs permission to speak with a player, a bid doesn’t need to be accepted.

    Also when he knew a bid was on he may have just said don’t bother accepting, i’m not going there

  • 62 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Looks like Cardiff are going to become Manure’s feeder club, and will also take all the rejects from there.
    Yep, all you fans of Ole gunnar sockdrawer watch how that works out!

  • 63 RUNAWAY777 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    even Cardiff getting players in,u lot still think where safe,just need a bad run and we be the mix

  • 64 SholaHeskey // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Mojo, dont you hate spoilt little brats that do that. and people who never pass or pass to their favourite friend.

    Markaccus you need to say “dey do dat down dere don’t dey dogh?” with a fellaini wig on mate :)

    piers – newcastle has lots of heroes – bobby robson, alan shearer, jimmy nail, steve bruce (did a great job at sunderland), paulo di canio, jackie milburn to name a few.

  • 65 Ancientcoptic // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Macas – This is not the point I made.

    I am certain that Grenier would have got higher wages than he is on now, but if he comes and turns out be an exceptional player, he is unlikely to be offered improved terms… when did Cabaye has his terms improved? he was certainly better than what he was being paid.

    As for Tiote, he was only on 8k per week, he got his terms improved to 40k a week, which was at a time when Chelsea were sniffing around. Those are around the wages that Cabaye started on… Tiote was given more parity with his team mates.

    Grenier would probably be coming in on around 40+k a week, it is going above wages like that when we run into problems.

    There is a big difference between improving the wages of a guy on 8k, and improving the wages of a guy on 40k… if a player is playing at the ability of a 100k per week player, they will not get paid what they are worth at our club.

    We cannot afford to reward players that have potential to be top class; therefore why would a player that believes they has the potential to be playing top class football in 1/2 years want to sign for us, knowing we will not reward them, and run their contract down eventually selling them. This is to the detriment of the player.

  • 66 Ancientcoptic // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Transfer Sage

    Why would a club give another club permission to speak to one of their players, if they have not had an acceptable bid? Isn’t that giving the game away.

  • 67 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Is it just me or is anybody else disgusted when SSN bring in barry silkman as a transfer advisor on deadline day sometimes?,hope we don’t see the vile c@nt later on,that would top it all.If you don’t know who barry silkman is or have forgot it is this guy.

  • 68 Shadow_Shearer // Jan 31, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Why is it every time transfer deadline comes in, Joe f****** kinnear is nowhere to be seen.

    Isn’t his job to bring in players. So far he has brought in 2 loan players, he certainly hasn’t proven himself any good.

    joe, in football what is it you do with ppl who can’t prove themself to the club??? Doesnt matter if its player, manager or staff!! They get moved on.

  • 69 piers18 // Jan 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Shola – that’s my point, now cabaye’s gone they’re left without a focal point…..who knows maybe benny steps up

  • 70 Ian Toon // Jan 31, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Why not follow Ed Harrison’s mantra
    ‘Support the team and not the regime’.
    In a busy week I have been dipping in and out
    of here to catch up on any transfer activity only
    to have to plough through the pestilence and
    war drivel analogies from t4c’s finest. The
    latest to liken Ashley to Hitler!

    Preying on short term fan vulnerabilities
    as the close of the window approaches.
    They just don’t get it- the vast majority of
    fans want to win and enjoy football matches.
    Misleading comments on season tickets
    and expecting fans not to recognise that
    the team on the field now is a good deal
    better and younger than the team when
    Ashley first arrived. The so called action
    group have run out of ideas- try changing
    those constantly peddling the message
    it is not working and it’s driving fans off
    the blog. Persuade not bully.

    At present they are like First World War
    Generals( in their own pompous mindset)
    Of Cavalry, struggling to come to terms
    with poison gas, aeroplanes and tanks.
    They are blundering about in a world
    that they do not understand. They are
    drawn from a narrow set of experience
    that they do not understand what an
    enormous part of our life is taken up
    with being a toon fan. I ask you – one
    of the self declared t4c leading lights
    declared on here, that he was off to
    Goodison Park to display his banner.
    Only to sheepishly admit finally that
    he had been refused entry, with his
    banner. So much for a man on a
    mission- you couldn’t make it up.
    Talking of on a mission- You need a Mission Statement
    - even Ashley realised that.

  • 71 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jan 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Classic example of the new transfer model.

    Player X is valued at Y. Newcastle offer Y-2M then say, “oohhh! we were so close to getting him but agents, wages,etc got in the way. , sorry next one….”

  • 72 hadthetshirt // Jan 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Markaccus @26 +31 pmsl :) :) very true.Hate that bloody accent.You just need spit the dog at the end of it.La.
    parwho wont start De Jong tomorrow he will play the chuckle bros 23 and his brother and Gosling,and play for a draw.I wish he would grow a pair of cojones

  • 73 davis_toons // Feb 1, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    @7 “….and if we use that 20m to pay someone to take Obertan it’s been a good window.”

    Thats 10 times what we paid MU for.

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