According to a report in RMC, Lyon are contemplating bringing in former Magpie Hatem Ben Arfa on a short-term deal. They have not approached the Frenchman yet but are internally debating whether a return to Lyon would be a sound decision.
Here is a tweet from Get French Football News about the report.
Lyon are internally debating the possibility of offering a short-term contract to 32-year-old attacking midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (RMC) https://t.co/ImJmDNobF4
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 20, 2019
Hatem initially joined Lyon from the Clairefontaine Academy in 2003. He made 91 appearances for them with 12 goals and 10 assists before moving to Marseille in 2008.
Lyon, who are down in 8th in Ligue 1, have just lost one of their star players in former-Manchester United winger Memphis Depay. Depay tore his ACL in a 1-0 defeat at Rennes this past weekend. He had scored 14 goals in 18 matches in all competitions.
They tried to bring in German midfielder Julian Draxler on loan from PSG, but that was rejected by the Parisians. PSG would, however, reportedly consider selling the German for around €20m.
It looks as though Lyon could turn to the 32-year-old ex-Newcastle star to fill Depay’s shoes. Ben Arfa has been without a club since being released from Rennes this summer.
The enigmatic Frenchman has been linked to various clubs since his release, even reportedly entering negotiations with a few of them. Some of those include Fiorentina, Nantes, and Fenerbahce.
We would expect that Ben Arfa would jump at the chance to return to Lyon. While the deal is reportedly only a short term one, he could end up ending his career where he started if things were to work out.