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Ben Arfa Deal Complete And Confirmed

By Tyne-Talk
August 28 2010

Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa from Marseilles on a year long loan deal after the player went on strike from the French club to ensure the move happened. Whilst he will not be available for today's game against Wolves he will be in contention for next week's game against Blackpool.

Ben Arfa said after the deal had been confirmed;

"It was always my first choice to come here and I'm delighted to be here. I've paid real attention to the history of the club and the great players to have played for it, and particularly the supporters and I want to showcase my skills in Newcastle.

All I'm waiting for is to show what I can do in front of the public in Newcastle. A lot of my friends in France already know the fans' reputation. The stadium has an ambience that is unique and I feel very lucky to have his opportunity."

Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton also gave a statement;

"Hatem is a player who we have been tracking for a long time, and what is important is that he is not only a young player who should continue to improve, but somebody who already has a great reputation in the game.

We think he will add flair to the squad and we're confident he'll fit in well with the team that we have put together here. He will, I am sure, prove to be a great addition.

He won't be available to face Wolves at the weekend, but he'll come into my thinking for the next game at home to Blackpool. He's someone who will excite the fans here, who of course have always identified with skilful, attacking players.''

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