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Ben Arfa To Leave Newcastle In January

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.

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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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81 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Thankfully. A big thick black line drawn underneath this at last. No point in himhanging around like a bad smell. There’s enough of a stink as it is

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s about time someone terminated Fereyas contract!

    Half a seasons wages and on ones seen him, get rid if he’s not going to play.

    If the summers anything to go by we’ll sign 1 and let 2 go, the 1 signing will be a loan no doubt.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s a shame they couldn’t terkinate Rivirie’s contract, I think he’ll be hanging around on the bench for a long time yet.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #4


    At least we know Rivierre is real and not the figment of some dodgy accountants imagination 😉

  • toonking

    Dec 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #5

    how much fcuken longer will you anti pardew turn into the anti ashley.

    you want this idiot manage gone and i’m different myself i too want this fcuken manager out but i want to be assured we get a decent replacement and i can tell you this instance we won’t until this fat g1t is gone and besides even if he was decent he would soon want away because no decent manages have aims of avoiding both relegation, it will simply be pardew himself out and a pardew like in.

    even tony pulis would not work for sh1t like ashley as proven by his walk out at palace

  • toonking

    Dec 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    i’m no different myself

  • toonking

    Dec 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7

    lets all see who he appoints at rangers.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Tony Pulis thought Ashley owned Crystal Palace ? How thick is he ?

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 23, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #9


    I hope it’s Alan Pardew 😉

  • toonbrother

    Dec 23, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Mike Ashley is a cocky and disrespectful to the fans but he has handled NUFC very well in terms of transfers
    We have the players to be a top 4 side
    Pardumb is the only mistake he has made and it has been a HUGE mistake
    Pardew is responsible for the mismanagement of
    Ben Arfa
    (until recently) Obertan

    as well as the completely unwarranted sale of Leon Best, Guthrie and James Perch.

    These are Pardumb decisions not Ashley’s

    Ashley has brought players like Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko, Demba Ba,Debuchy, Janmaat, Krul,Ayoze Perez and HBA to the club. These are/were world class players until Pardumb got his hands on them
    Pardumb and his favourite player colocinni are everything thats wrong with the club. Not Ashley

  • Danufc9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #11

    toonbrother – I agree with everthing you said but ashley didnt bring krul into the club, krul was here in 2006 two years before fat-ash. And calling out on collo! why man? collo is a rock in that side!

  • toonking

    Dec 23, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #12


    maybe we’ve all been too naughty and did too much swearing.

    perhaps we should stop swearing at each other and santa could give us a decent owner and manager. lol

  • bladeuser

    Dec 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #13

    COLO is a rock your right thats why it looks like he is not moving when somebody goes by him

  • toonking

    Dec 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #14


    HBA world class don’t be ridiculous, that player has caused chaos to every club he’s been to, BTW you critise colo OUR BEST CB hello we’ve therefore got rubbish CB.

    BTW where is this Ba, cabaye debuchy now?

    why are sissoko, tiote all linked with moves away

    cabbella missed a sitter against spurs BTW a school PE teacher is the one who teaches players to shoot NOT a manager.

    cisse is going to be missing ni january

    WHERE is this top 4 striker we have by that i mean aguero, suaez, rooney type?

    obatan was rubbish in everyones mind UNTIL this season. he’s miles behind the silva’s

    saylor top 4 why the hell is he not in england squad?

  • toonking

    Dec 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #15

    top 4 players leave this team FACT.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #16


    your a lot funnier than welshie

    Guthrie best perch are so good what div are they plying there trade in??

    and most of the others you mentioned being world class were not before we got them and are not now
    but were all improved while they were here and then left for large sums of profit of which pardew don’t get Ashley does

    but I thank you for the xmas chuckle

  • sparky55

    Dec 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #17

    the top 4 players of tour eam leave every year because that’s the master plan…but them cheap…realise some potential….sell at a profit.

    Ashley is a market trader…every footballer he buys is an asset to be realised.

    I don’t mind that to be honest…what I hate is the waste of talent while their here due to pardew being a muppet.

    Ashleys model could work well AND we could do well as a team at the same time under a better manager.

    It’s the manager that lets the whole thing down…we have no fun or excitement or progress with the great players that are passing through…a better manager would be capable of doing that

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Pardew is far from a shit manager. Here’s just one indicator. He’s won 10% of the manager of the month awards on the go, and one of the three manager of the year awards, was the fix in there, or did he earn it, and in that time he’s lost Carroll, Enrique, Cabaye, Debuchey, Ba and Remy, and not had them immediately replaced or replaced at all. Look at those three centre forwards for a start, and look at the forward line he has to put out now.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #19


    There’s only one comedian on this blog, and that’s me.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #20

    i see we are still moaning about pardew.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #21


    the problem we have is the first team is always short players so those that should be out onloan bench warm
    Chelsea city Southampton have between 10 and 20 players out onloan improving we have about 3

    we also do not have enough players coming through the door they might step this up when the training facilities have been updated

    and then we have pards is he really the right man to bring through and nurture a crop of talent
    I think there are better more qualified than him

  • bladeuser

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #22

    another kiss arse pardew lover

  • Tsunki

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Oh Hatem, where did it all go so wrong? There’s no doubt that either side if hid keg break he loved the club, and put in a few performances for us. I still think that he was a player Pardew was unable to accommodate, and hba just couldn’t turn himself into a backtracking defensive winger. The issue with Bruce I’d different, I think once hba knee there was no future at either club, it was time to get his career sorted out first and foremost. Given his situation, can’t blame hime

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Next two games we are going to win, beat man utd 1-2 and then beat Everton 3-0 then we will go on another run, pardew will win manager of the month award again, happy days will be back on Tyneside again.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #25


  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Newcastle needs to try to keep Ben Arfa not Ben Arfa Newcastle.And maybe he does not want to play here anymore.Extraordinary player.We will lose with this great football player leaving.But strange things happen in football.And Ben Arfa is not Nolan or Barton type of human.I haven’t seen any bad tackle from him.Very clear fair player on the pitch.That says all.Pardew is classes below this player as a football individual.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #27


    lol cant see it

  • Oldgit1

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #28

    @ welshgeodie9 I for one have enjoyed your jokes, have a happy Xmas mate and don’t let the silly buggers on this site get you down.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #29

    And one last thing.Pardew almost never played HBA as a left winger.That is his real position.Right side for left winger is very questionable position.And Ben Arfa is predominantly left-footed player.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #30


    Can’t see what, me being a comedian or us beating man united and everton.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #31


    Cheers mate you and your family have brilliant Xmas.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #32


    since u put it like that both

  • TheToonKing

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #33

    toonbrother you are so full of sh1te mate. you have no clue.

    We have a top 4 squad ?!!!! We haven’t got a decent striker even.

    MArveaux – he played 11 times for Guingamp. He’s not getting more games there then he did with us !
    Mbiwa – personally said he doesn’t like the EPL and the english game is not for him. Took part in Bayerns 7-1 win over Rome
    Ben Arfa – can’t get a game at Hull and ran away.
    (until recently) Obertan – bit of form, but still shit, always was.
    never good enough for us or top 4
    Cabella – too early to say
    Bigirimana – Anita Jr. never going to be good enough.

    And you can’t honestly say Leon Best, Perch and Guthrie are a Newcastle level, top 10 Premier league players !! They are championship players at best.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #34



    Ha ha ha

  • beermonkey

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #35


    see what I did there
    made u laugh

    you should try it sometime

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #36


    You do laugh at my jokes, inside you are laughing.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #37

    On serious note i hope Clarke Carlisle makes a speedy recovery.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #38

    as someone else said why doesn’t pardew dedicate any of his defeats to ashley

  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #39



  • bladeuser

    Dec 23, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #40

    take him to swansea then u wanabe geordie you along with the rest of the flock can go and kiss your masters arse


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