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Newcastle Midfielder Close To Permanent Move

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.

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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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11 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Jan 3, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Did GW indicate any sort of interest in applying for the job?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 3, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Good luck Benny!

    You need to pick yourself up now – it’s your career it’s your life! Make it matter and proof us all wrong.

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 3, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    nut meg
    Why are modern planes crash or disappeare
    in your area? Any idea why this happens recently?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    nut meg,
    He said he would love to get a job back in England at some point. He said he wouldn’t let his current employers down by applying for a job whilst he is meant to be committed to overhauling the football and development infrastructure there. But if he was offered most jobs in the top two flights in England then he would be hard pushed to say no.

  • Mag52

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    In the eyes of most objective observers (which rules out a lot of the clowns on here) Pardew left NUFC having done a creditable job for the club under the circumstances, and these have been discussed ad nauseam.
    He left for a club where he will have more control of managerial decisions, where he will have more respect from the fans, he left having put one over on Ashley ( I’m quite sure MA had no idea of his intention to leave) and there aren’t many who can claim to have done that, and he left for more money. So it’s wins all the way for Pards.
    As for the next guy in the hot seat, he’ll have a job to average 11th place in the premiership over four and a half seasons, but good luck to him.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    There were certainly some on here who went OTT in both the abuse and the criticism of his time here. However I’m not sure that we could call it creditable. He had one good season where we finished 5th.

    Since then I think our performances have been below par. Just avoiding relegation with the squad available to him was an appalling season. Last season, 7th/8th would have been about right for the players at his disposal. So 10th was underachieving. You can claim the Cabaye departure ruined the side, but if a manager can’t adapt to losing just one player, and change his tactics style, then it is a sign of a poor manager. This season, I think we were about par for the course given the players available.

    Manager’s shouldn’t live on past glories. Look at Wenger, you could claim his tenure there has been hugely successful, yet over the last 8 seasons they only have 1 trophy to show, and have underachieved significantly in doing that. Hence pressure on him from fans. In 2014, NUFC finished fourth bottom of the form table, thanks to our win against Everton which moved us up from 3rd bottom. That is not good enough, he has had the tools to perform far better than that over those 12 months, so why haven’t we.

    That is without even mentioning one of the main reasons people want rid. It isn’t cause we expect Ashley to bring in someone who will take this club to the top, it is because the football is dreadful to watch. We aren’t likely to win trophies, our best chance is a cup, so the least that myself and many others would like to see is entertaining football. We have never, and will never get that from Pardew.

    The first 45 against Burnley was one of our most entertaining attacking performances in the last 3 years. Yes, we collapsed, but very few are calling for Carver to get the job. If Carver can get them to play attacking football, why couldn’t Pardew.

  • JDdubai

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Remi Garde is the best option for me at the moment, would only prefer FDB if he could guarantee it in the summer.

    Garde is perfect for us and this idiotic regime. Plays good football, used to bringing through youth and having to sell on, did really well with Lyon when they had zero money and sold everyone they had of value.

    However we need ashley out, otherwise it is just more of the same. Really wish the fans would start on him again to get him to put the club up for sale. If not it is just groundhog day every season.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Some fans would rather stick with a shit (or average as they see it) manager like Pards for fear of getting someone worse. They don’t like or trust Ashley and fear he’ll appoint some other numpty. I don’t see any merit in taking that line. If you don’t like Mikey, attack his puppet if he’s doing a bad job. Mikey doesn’t have to turn up to games and doesn’t when it gets hot in the kitchen. But the manager always does. If you’re ambitious for your club, you’ll run the next shit manager out of of town long before his contract’s up. But any guy appointed deserves a chance and a reasonable crack at it

  • Bambams

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    SSN Pardew signs 3 1/2 year contract

  • Bambams

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley will take whatever abuse we throw at him…He will then walk into his office and work out how much money he has just made whdn 52000 are leaving the ground.

    The following Monday he will be emailed the balance sheets for his many SD outlets and only when he is bored will he play fantasy football with the Newcastle players…..

    Greedy man.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #11

    nut meg
    The finger of suspicion has been directed at you, what is your alibi for the latest plane crash? A very odd and sensitive conversation to start on a Newcastle blog.


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