French international could be on his way to St James’ Park.
Newcastle United step up the hunt for Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle United hope to sign Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa in a loan deal.
Officials from the newly-promoted Premier League club will hold talks with their Marseille counterparts at the French club’s training ground tomorrow in a bid to complete a loan deal.
Werder Bremen and Steve McClaren’s Wolfsburg are also understood to be interested in Ben Arfa, 23, who has two years left on his current deal but is said to have fallen out of favour with Marseille coach Didier Deschamps.
No one at Newcastle was available to comment but Ben Arfa’s representative, Michael Ouazine, has insisted the former Lyon player could stay put.
“Hatem is at turning point in his career,” Ouazine said. “His choice will be about sports and sports only. Hatem may very well stay at Marseille.” (Daily Telegraph)
If Chris Hughton can seal a deal to bring the 23 year old French international to St James’ Park then he would have done very well indeed. The Marseille man has been tracked by a great many of Europe’s elite over the years but has never sealed the move away from the French league that many predicted he would make.
If he has indeed fell out with Didier Deschamps then he could well be interested in a move to the Premier League and a season on loan at Newcastle United could well be a good fit for the pint sized speed merchant. Talk of this move has also included speculation about any loan move coming with a potential permanent deal if successful.
The former Lyon man helped Marseille to their first domestic title in 18 years but could now be forced out of the club ahead of the new season.