Select a Team

Prev Game: Friendly Match Wed 20th Jul

prev game - Marseille
team 1 score team 2
Marseille 0 - 0 Ajax

Next Game: French Ligue 1 Sun 14th Aug

next game - Marseille
team 1 score team 2
Marseille 19:00 Toulouse

Magpies close on Ben Arfa

Hughton hoping to land French winger on season-long loan

Last Updated: 12/08/10 10:44am

  • Share:
Ben Arfa: Magpies interest

Ben Arfa: Magpies interest

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Sky Sports News understands that Newcastle are close to bringing in Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa on a season-long loan.

SKY SPORTS ON SKY There's more live football on Sky Sports than ever before, including the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, England away Euro 2012 qualifiers and La Liga. With four live Sky Sports channels, as well as Sky Sports News, you'll never miss a moment on Sky. Click here for more.

The Magpies have been strongly linked with the French winger all summer, with Chris Hughton keen to bolster his attacking arsenal.

It is felt that the squad needs added creativity if they are to hold their own back among England's elite.

Ben Arfa would certainly fall into that category, even if he has no prior experience of life in the Premier League.

He has been billed as one of Europe's most exciting prospects ever since he burst onto the scene at Lyon in 2004.


Such lofty expectations have weighted heavy at times, but he remains a potential match-winner on his day and has seven full caps with France to his name.

He has hinted that he is ready to take on a new challenge, after two turbulent years with Marseille, and has admitted to being a fan of English football.

Newcastle are hoping that all of those factors will work in their favour, as they look to put an agreement in place prior to the big kick-off.

It is believed that Ben Arfa will move to St James' Park on a year-long loan, which will cost Newcastle around £1million, with the option for the deal to be made permanent next summer.

The Magpies are due to get their 2010/11 campaign under way against Manchester United on 16th August, a fixture which will see the return of Monday Night Football to Sky Sports.

  • Share:


Related Profiles

Most Popular


What would Ibra bring?

What would Ibra bring?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a huge star, but what would he add on the pitch? We take a in-depth look…

Lowdown on Lacazette

Lowdown on Lacazette

What could Alexandre Lacazette bring to the Premier League and who would he suit? Key questions answered...

Europe state of play

Europe state of play

PSG seal title in record time, Atletico keep pace in Spain while Juventus come back from the dead - the state of play across Europe.