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Hoffenheim join Ben Arfa hunt

Ambitious Germans chasing Marseille's 'magician'

Last Updated: 02/08/10 3:41pm

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Ben Arfa: Wanted man

Ben Arfa: Wanted man

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Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim are the latest club to join the race for Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

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The France international has drawn attention from far and wide this summer, with clubs across Europe chasing his signature.

Premier League newcomers Newcastle have been strongly linked with a move, while interest from Italy is said to have come from AC Milan, Genoa and Parma.

Hoffenheim have now joined the hunt and are reported to be readying an €8million (£6.6m) approach for the 23-year-old.

"If we can sign Ben Arfa, that would be sensational for the Bundesliga," the club's general manager Ernst Tanner told Rhein-Neckar Zeitung.

"He is a magician. Technically extremely strong and very fast."

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Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick recently confirmed that he is looking to add 'at least two or three' new recruits to his squad, and he is keen for Ben Arfa to be among them.

A potential sticking point for the German side could be that their proposed offer to Marseille is subject to payment being completed over a number of years.

Other clubs are likely to be able to pay a fee up front, meaning Hoffenheim could yet be left empty-handed.

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