According to a recent report from Foot365 (via Sports Mole), West Ham are eyeing up a summer move for Hatem Ben Arfa. The 31-year-old is without a club after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the expiration of his contract earlier this summer, thus bringing to an end a two-year stint at the Parc des Princes in which the winger only managed 32 appearances for the French heavyweights.
And Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers are reportedly keen on bringing the France international back to the Premier League, although given his glaring inconsistency and questionable attitude, doing so could well be Pellegrini’s first mistake of an otherwise outstanding summer window.
Ultimately, the ex-Manchester City chief only took over at the London Stadium back in May but has already been extremely busy moulding and shaping a squad he hopes can take the East London outfit forward this season.
And with several big additions in the form of Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, and Andriy Yarmolenko, alongside the shrewder acquisitions of Ryan Fredericks and Lukasz Fabianski, many feel that the Chilean has overseen a terrific window at the London Stadium, arguably one of their best in many a year.
In fact, the optimism levels appear to be at a high among Hammers fans up and down the country, and while on the surface a free transfer for the supremely talented Ben Arfa could be something of interest, it might not be worth the risk.
Clearly, the 31-year-old has vast amounts of ability having shown glimpses of promise during his earlier time in the Premier League, be it with Newcastle United and Hull City, although they were nothing more than glimpses, and ultimately didn’t account to anything overly significant.
Ben Arfa failed to score for Hull in nine appearances for the Tigers during the 2014/15 season, while he only mustered 13 Premier League goals for Newcastle in 76 appearances for the North East giants – they are hardly ground-breaking figures.
His best season to date came during his time at French side Nice under now-Leicester manager Claude Puel, with the winger earning a move to PSG as a result of his time at the fellow Ligue 1 side, although he again failed to produce the goods.
And with the 31-year-old isolated from the squad under Unai Emery last season, having been relegated to train with the reserves for much of the most recent campaign, for one reason or another, alongside some turbulent moments in England earlier in his career, one would suggest that bringing Ben Arfa in could disrupt things at the London Stadium.
Thus, while it would be a deal done for a free, West Ham should seek to avoid moving for Ben Arfa, as doing so would represent Pellegrini’s first mistake of an otherwise outstanding summer transfer window.
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