It seems that Hatem Ben Arfa’s move to Nice is almost done, and despite reported interest from German club Hamburg, nothing seems to have materialized there.
Hatem Ben Arfa and Ben Arfa in better times
Newcastle would like his wages off the books one way or another, and we thought Newcastle may take the same path as they took with Joey Barton in the summer of 2011.
That’s when they basically made Joey a free agent, even though he was still under contract, so clubs would be enticed to move for him – and QPR did with a wage off said to be close to £5K/week – and he’s still there.
There’s a report in the Telegraph today that a deal is close between Nice and Ben Arfa, and in France the newspaper Nice Martin are reporting that Newcastle have agreed to terminate his contract – so no transfer fee will be involved.
It’s a sad case for Ben Arfa, who seems to be wasting his considerable footballing skills.
The 27 year-old fell out with Alan Pardew early last year, and the Londoner refused to pick him in the side, and at the beginning of this season he was relegated to the U21 side to train.
On the last day of the transfer window, he was signed on loan by Hull City but manager Steve Bruce, but that deal was cancelled this month.
Bruce was not pleased with Ben Arfa’s work rate and his failure to follow instructions, and his last game for Hull was at Manchester United, when he was hauled off after only 35 minutes at the end of November.
Ben Arfa then returned to his home town Paris to look for another club, and we thought that Newcastle may be willing to terminate his contract, so he could get a good deal at another club.
That seems to have happened, and we would expect Ben Arfa’s move to Nice to be completed very soon.
As we said, it’s very sad when a player so rich in talent has problems of discipline on and off the field.
He scored some fantastic goals for Newcastle United and was popular with the fans.
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