Ben Arfa offered Championship escape route

Hatem Ben Arfa could make a loan move to Birmingham after falling out of favour at Newcastle, according to the Daily Star.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark knows all about the Geordie club having played for the club between 2005 and 2006.

And according to reports he has launched an audacious bid to bring the French outcast to St Andrews on a loan deal.

The tricky winger, who moved to the Magpies for £5 million from Marseille, has been dumped in the reserves after a fall-out with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

Former club Lyon have also shown an interest in the 27-year old, who is in the final year of his deal.

As have Turkish giants Besiktas, however the winger has vowed to fight for his future at Newcastle for the time being.

His lawyer, Jean-Jacques Bertrand, told French press: “I don’t know if the club understands this, but Hatem is attached to Newcastle.

“There would have been players in his position to have already left by now after everything he has had to suffer.”

But the former fan’s favourite, who was Pardew’s first signing in January 2011, will face a beg decision regarding his future before the transfer window slams shut.


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