Newcastle United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are happy to hear in the Daily Mail that French side Nice are interested in signing Hatem Ben Arfa on loan after his loan spell at Hull City was cut short.
The French international had a falling out with Alan Pardew and is surplus to requirements, and the Magpies boss claimed: “He (Ben Arfa) won’t be coming back here, that’s all I can say.”
Punters expect that Nice will have a strong chance of bringing the attacking player back home to France but they do face competition from Olympiakos who are are also interested in the 27-year-old.
Many thought his escape from his hell at Newcastle was over when he moved to the KC Stadium on loan but that didn’t work out despite playing nine games for the Tigers.
Hull boss Steve Bruce said: “Sometimes transfers don’t work, especially with a loan deal.
“I’m disappointed. We brought him in on a wave of publicity and there has been no fallout or slanging match.
“His views of the game are different to mine. At any club you need to have a certain work ethic to get in the team, that’s the frustrating thing.
“I hope Hatem takes in what I’ve had to say to him because his talent is there for all to see. But talent without hard work means you won’t live up to your potential.”
Newcastle fans. Do you want Hatem Ben Arfa to be given another chance or are you happy with Alan Pardew’s decision to isolate him from the set-up altogether? Let us know your thoughts below.
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