It was always possible after Ben Arfa’s loan spell was ended at Hull that Newcastle would terminate his contract at Newcastle, so he could move to another club next month as a free agent.
Ben Arfa – during better times at Newcastle
And the news out of France today is that seems to be happening, with the 27 year-old said to be in advanced talks with Nice over a permanent move.
And a week or so ago it was reported that Ben Arfa had left Hull City and was back in his home town, Paris, actively looking for another club, and it was obvious at that time his time was up at Hull.
Since then Hull manager Steve Bruce confirmed he would end the loan spell in January, because it just hadn’t worked out, and Bruce said the Frenchman “wanted to do his own thing”.
The news of Ben Arfa’s pending move is being broadcast by TV station Canal+ in France.
This will not be the first time Newcastle have terminated a contract because they want a player to move on.
That was done with Joey Barton in the summer of 2011, after he had criticized the club and the owner, for allowing captain Kevin Nolan to leave the club and join West Ham, after contract negotiations with Kevin had broken down.
Joey then moved to QPR as a free agent, and he reportedly got a massive wage said to be around £70K/week, and he’s still there.
Newcastle are helping the players in these cases to move to a new club quickly and get a decent contract when they are not wanted on Tyneside, because they are made available as free agents and cost nothing.
It’s just so sad that a player of Ben Arfa’s fantastic abilities is in this position.
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