Newcastle United have had a mixed return to the top flight this season following their promotion from the Championship. The Magpies are long away from their European days with players such as Alan Shearer and Michael Owen. This season Newcastle have found life difficult with limited investment from controversial billionaire owner Mike Ashley.
Rafael Benitez has made no secrets with expressing his desire for more investment from Ashley or a potential new owner for next season. How Newcastle spend this summer should they stay in the Premier League will be vital in determining whether the Geordie club will be back in the European picture.
So could a move for a former Newcastle fan favourite be on the cards?
Hatem Ben Arfa had a mixed stint at Newcastle Favourite as his form under Alan Pardew was the reason for him becoming a favourite with the fans. After that, his form faltered and the Frenchman was sent on loan to Hull. Following that, he was paid off by Newcastle and subsequently signed for Nice where he reignited his career. The left winger scored an impressive 17 goals in 34 games in his first season when PSG snapped him up.
However, Ben Arfa hasn’t made an appearance this season for the French side and in an Instagram post Hatem confirmed he will be leaving PSG once his contract is up in the summer.
With Ben Arfa being available on a free transfer would Newcastle be interested in signing him again?
It could be a great move for both parties and if the Frenchman shows some of the form he is capable of surely it would lay the foundations for Newcastle to challenge for European honours once more.
Newcastle may face stiff competition for his services though. Leicester City were heavily linked with Ben Arfa in January and he could be the man to replace Rhiad Mahrez.
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