Sports Daily L’Equipe is reporting today that French winger Hatem Ben Arfa has returned to France, and that he will not play again for English Premier League club, Hull City, who he was on loan to from Newcastle United in what is the last year of his contract at the Tyneside club.
Ben Arfa in action for Hull City
L’Equipe is reporting the Paris-born 27 year-old has been back in his home town for the last three days, and is working with a fitness trainer, and is said to be already looking for a new club.
While Ben Arfa still has just over six months of his contract to run at Newcastle, negotiations are going on for Ben Arfa to end his loan spell at Hull, who are said to want his wages of around £50K/week off their wage bill.
L’Equipe is usually accurate in their reporting, and they say that clubs in Germany, Spain and France are interested in taking him as a free agent, but Newcastle would also have to release him from his contract at the Magpies for him to become available in January.
However, it wouldn’t be the first time that Newcastle have ended a player’s contract to let him leave on a free transfer, and we did that with Joey Barton back in the summer of 2011, when he then signed on at QPR for huge wages, and he’s still there.
Hull are at Chelsea today, and Ben Arfa has not been in the Hull 18 man match-day squad since he was hauled off at Manchester United two weeks ago, when Hull manager Steve Bruce after the game said he just wasn’t working hard enough for the side.
If this report is true, we would expect to get statements from both Hull City and Newcastle United on the status of Ben Arfa.
That would be the status of his loan deal to the Humberside club – and also on whether Newcastle have released him from his contract, so he is also off Newcastle’s wage bill.
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