Everton are plotting a stunning move for out of favour Newcastle attacker Hatem Ben Arfa, according to reports from the Shields Gazette.

The Frenchman looks set to leave St James’ Park before the new season starts, with manager Alan Pardew having lost patience with the enigmatic 27-year-old.

Ben Arfa has been stripped of his iconic number 10 shirt and forced to train with the club’s reserves after reportedly returning from his summer break overweight.

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But this has not deterred Roberto Martinez, who is thought to be ready to hand the former Lyon and Marseille man a Premier League lifeline.

The Spaniard has admitted that he wants to snap up a winger to bolster his ranks as he looks to balance European and domestic football at Goodison Park, with Ben Arfa is a genuine option.

The silky forward can operate on either flank or in a central attacking midfield role and impressed following his move to Newcastle in 2010.

Despite his talents he has proven to be a troublesome character throughout his career.

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