Hull City earlier this evening are thought to have contacted Newcastle about a potential move for enigmatic French conjurer Hatem Ben Arfa.
The Toon are known to want rid of the former Lyon orchestrator and, as a result, bwin.com have gone 1/2 about him joining Steve Bruce’s side.
However, the 7/5 about him remaining at St James’ Park looks to be a far better bet.
Alan Pardew may want the controversial winger out of the dressing room, but the Tigers weren’t prepared to place all of their orange and black eggs in one Ben Arfa-shaped basket.
While terms were being thrashed out over the Frenchman’s transfer, Hull were tying up a loan deal for Southampton playmaker Gaston Ramirez.
The Uruguayan has signed up with the Humbersiders for the season and, with one individual in this mould on board, it’s unlikely they’ll be shelling out yet more money on Ben Arfa, who will also be less keen on the switch knowing the competition for places has just increased by one.
With this in mind, the 7/5 Ben Arfa staying with the Tynesiders beyond the 11pm deadline of the current window rates as an exceptional bet.