Premier League

Newcastle Lining Up Ben Arfa Replacement

Off to St James' Park?

Following a horrific leg break on Sunday, French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (who had enjoyed a good start to life with Newcastle) will now miss at least six months of action in a pivotal season for the Tyneside club.

Although the Newcastle midfield already contains worthy players such as Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez and (dare we say it) Joey Barton, another player of flair is required if The Magpies aspire to climb the table in anger.

With rumours flying around much akin to their namesakes, there is one standout man of mystery apparently being scouted with interest by Chris Hughton and Co.

His name is Papa Waigo N’Diaye, a 26-year old Senegalese national who participated in the 2008 African Cup of Nations, with the ability play to both on the wing and up front. Southampton fans may be vaguely familiar with the name, since his efforts helped them through the 2010 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Having begun his career at Verona in 2002, N’Diaye would experience his best success at Cesena, becoming the highest scoring non-Italian in the 2006/07 Serie B season. He finally got his big break in 2008 after signing with Italian borderline-contenders Fiorentina.

N’Diaye immediately found a purple patch for “La Viola”, scoring two goals in his first three games, with another to follow in a famous 3-2 win against Juventus the following March.

Another name reportedly on Hughton’s hit list is QPR’s Moroccan midfield and wing maestro Adel Taraabt. Although he struggled at Premier League level with Tottenham, Taraabt has been on fire this season for Championship table topping juggernauts QPR.

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