After today’s game at home to Crystal Palace , there will be some frantic buying and selling by Newcastle in the last two days of the transfer window – well to put it more accurately – we hope there will be some frantic buying and selling by Newcastle, so we get a couple of good players in and unload some of our fringe players.
Ben Arfa in action for Newcastle last season
Unfortunately, one of those fringe players now is Hatem Ben Arfa, and there has been news over the last day or two that Turkish side Besiktas are keen to complete a deal to sign Ben Arfa.
Newcastle would like the deal to be a permanent one, since Ben Arfa is in the last year of his five year contract, and it will not be renewed next year, so at least the club gets some money for him this summer.
On the other hand, there is news that the French International will resist a permanent move away from Newcastle, but maybe could be tempted into a season long loan deal, so he could still become a free agent next summer.
And news today that Lee Clark at Birmingham City is also interested in signing the player – probably on a loan deal, but we don’t think the Frenchman will want to play in England’s second division, that would be a big step down for him.
There will probably be other clubs coming in for him before Tuesday rolls around, but we’d like him to stay on at Newcastle, and then we would be hopeful that Alan Pardew would bring him back into the first team squad, in from the cold.
However, as things stand at the moment, that seems very unlikely to happen.
We’ll stay tuned on the events over the next few days.
In four years at Newcastle, Ben Arfa has played 86 games for Newcastle with 14 goals and 18 assists.
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