BRITISH_LEGION_SHIRT_NEWCASTLE_UNITED_Ben_ArfaThere are reports this morning that Hatem Ben Arfa is a Liverpool target this summer.

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.

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TonnekToon
TonnekToon

One thing we know for certain now , Fatty's shot his bolt. there's no way he can pull his little end of season stunt again , fool me once etc.  I can't wait to hear all the excuses .

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Beginning to think the lack of getting a proper manager in at the end of last season was a cunning ploy to give fatty more breathing room to NOT sign anyone as we needed the coaches sorted first. With how rubbish we were at the end of the season surely we needed a full pre-season with as many new signings as possible with only a few late additions to help us out?  Instead we are likely to be going into the opening game with little to no cohesion, if we get anyone in at all.  

In typical form we will no doubt sign an injury prone player late on, throw him in with no pre-season and watch as he either flounders because of lack of fitness or just gets crocked and we waste an entire season on him.  Where have we heard this before...

Andgeo
Andgeo

The only way is to get rid of ashley and charnley. There is the common sense approach that every other football club would take and the there is this lot. They will never get it right because they don't know how to.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

@Andgeo and they won't appoint & defer to someone with more knowledge because it will involve the priority becoming more football related rather than financial profiteering.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

@DownUnderMag @Andgeo

And the only reason we now have these four on the board is simply to buy their silence and conformity to the cause. No other possible reason....All yes-men and willing to sell their soul for a bundle of Donnay socks. 

How the mighty have fallen..............!   HWTF.

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

Closing in on that magic 100.  Don't spoil it, Newcastle, by actually signing a player.