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Newcastle Ensure No Chance Of Ben Arfa Returning In Hull Deal

7 years ago

It has now emerged that Newcastle have made sure in their deal with Hull, that there is no chance of Hatem Ben Arfa returning to Tyneside.

Even if Alan Pardew leaves, or our flair players (whoever they are) get injured, there is no recall option for the Frenchman.

The deal is a one year loan rather than a permanent transfer, despite Hatem only having a year left on his United contract.

Sadly this looks only to have been contrived to ensure that the player can’t come back and (further) embarrass Pardew and Ashley in the two clashes between the sides. The fact that Newcastle play Hull in our next home match would have been an explosive mix that clearly the Newcastle hierarchy were running scared of.

I can quite understand it, the thought of a revitalised Ben Arfa up against somebody like Paul Dummett…

This surely sums up just how badly our club is ran, with decisions made for all the wrong reasons.

Otherwise, why not just make the deal a permanent transfer immediately?

While Newcastle have done everything they can to get rid of a talented player, albeit one who isn’t easy to manage, Steve Bruce cannot believe his luck that he’s landed such a player, especially on ‘loan’…

“I have been monitoring Ben Arfa for a couple of weeks and we have quietly made it happen.

“I was thinking ‘Nobody has gone in for him – let us hope it stay that way’ and then it played into our hands.

“I didn’t ever think it would be possible to do a loan deal but the later it got, the more beneficial it all became.

“With a bit of luck and patience we have managed to pull in a really good player.”


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