We haven’t heard the name Hatem Ben Arfa bandied about the Transfer Tavern in what seems like forever, such is the nature of his exit from Newcastle United a few years ago.
However, it could be 2012 once more, the enigmatic Frenchman is being talked about so loudly! This, following reports in the Sun that Liverpool are said to be interested in bringing him back to these shores.
Since leaving Tyneside in January 2015 following a miserable six-month loan spell with Hull City, the supremely gifted midfielder has excelled back in Ligue 1.
A move to Nice over the summer was largely unheralded, but the ex-Lyon prodigy has since scored 16 goals and recorded a further four assists while forcing his way back into international reckoning for Les Blues.
As a result, both the Reds and French giants Paris Saint-Germain are believed to have taken note of his return to form and are weighing up a shock summer move.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho recently praised the 29-year old for his exceptional ability, comparing him to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
‘I have faced Messi and I have faced Cristiano Ronaldo, but I have always said that the player who impressed me the most was Hatem Ben Arfa’, the ex-PSG man told beIN Sport.
‘What he does on the pitch, it’s exceptional.’
Always a gifted player, he only ever tended to show his outstanding ability in glimpses during his three-year stint on Tyneside, though he was a huge fans’ favourite for his exploits.
Can you really see Ben Arfa back in the Premier League, considering the manner in which he left? Could this move prove to be a masterstroke from Liverpool?