News that Hatem Ben Arfa has only just arrived at Hull City to complete his move to the club after late developments this afternoon – and it’s not surprising he has been mobbed by Hull City fans.
Hatem Ben Arfa arriving tonight at Hull City and adoring fans.
Certainly Ben Arfa seemed happy enough when he arrived at the ground, and Hull fans were there to welcome the mercurial winger, who has played his last game for Newcastle.
Hull have obtained an extension from the FA to complete the deal – so the deal should be done in the early hours, but it could take an hour or two to complete since he will still need to complete a medical.
And Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter demonstrating their anger at the move, and there is some bad feeling towards manager Alan Pardew – who fell out with Ben Arfa in a dressing room row last season – and Ben Arfa has been training with the Reserves all season, basically treated as a pariah – and was not on any of Newcastle’s pre-season tours, and dint play at all in pre-season.
He was told by Alan Pardew this afternoon he had no future at the club, and was basically forced out so Newcastle could save on his wages and also get a loan fee from Hull for the season-long loan – so once again at Newcastle money is King with a capital K.
Ben Arfa will become a free agent next summer, and he could be in big demand again if he plays well at Hull – so this could be a good move for him – at least he will play games.
When Ben Arfa said he wanted to join a club in the Premier League, in stepped Geordie manager Steve Bruce at Hull and it looks like Bruce will pull of an incredible coup for his club in the wee hours of the morning.
Steve Bruce is a good man manager although he has admitted tonight that the Frenchman will be a challenge for him.
In case you haven’t heard, Newcastle did not bring in any new players today.
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