Newcastle’s renegade playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is set to be choppered out of his Tyneside purgatory by prospective Premier League champions Liverpool.
Having failed to impress throughout almost all of the Magpies’ Jekyll and Hyde campaign, such a prestigious move seems more than a little bizarre, but Brendan Rodgers is allegedly readying a £6m bid for the French international.
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Regardless of whether they have their name etched on the league trophy, the Champions League football they’re guaranteed is more than enough to attract a player of Ben Arfa’s stature to the club.
The St James’ Park outfit are almost certainly going to dispense with the former Lyon and Marseille man’s services this summer after he ran the risk of an almighty head-butting in a training ground spat with boss Alan Pardew.
As a result, the 27-year-old is presently training with the Toon’s reserves and despite his protestations that he wants to stay put, it’s highly unlikely he’ll be rejecting Liverpool’s overtures should they come calling.
Ben Arfa hasn’t started in a winning Newcastle side since their 5-1 Boxing Day bashing of Stoke, since then he’s been included from the off for just five matches and his side have failed to score in four of them.
His pace and flair may help him realise his huge potential on Merseyside though, with almost all of the Reds’ attacking players sharing his penchant for dribbling and committing defenders.
The extra freedom he’d be afforded at Anfield would undoubtedly prove beneficial, which makes this transfer much more sensible than it initially appears.