There have been past rumours with occasionally Andy Carroll thrown into the equation to come the other way.
This morning’s claims in the Mirror also allege that Newcastle United are planning a new contract offer for Hatem and at least this part of the story could have some substance.
This summer will see Ben Arfa have only two years remaining on his present deal and it would be the right time to try and tie our French genius down, as the club won’t want to be in a position where they get down to just one season remaining on the deal.
Though unlucky with injuries, when fit the French winger/striker/midfielder has been outstanding and undoubtedly his value has increased over the course of his contract, so an improved contract offer would appear on the cards.
As for Liverpool, Ben Arfa recently mused about his future in an interview and talked about the potential of fulfilling all his dreams at Newcastle or one of Europe’s top six clubs if United didn’t show ambition.
While Liverpool were most definitely THE European team of the seventies and eighties, these days few people would be ranking them in England’s top six, never mind Europe’s.