After a poor start to the season, Newcastle have turned it around and are now sitting in 9th place in the Premier League. Their main starters in midfield, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, and Remy Cabella, have stepped up recently and have helped the Magpies get into this position.
What this means is Hatem Ben Arfa, who is currently on loan at Hull, is most likely not to have a place in the starting line up once he returns to the club, and will not be offered a new contract, as it expires at the end of June 2015.
If the Frenchman does leave the club on a free transfer, here are FIVE possible clubs which he could move to…
One place Ben Arfa could move to is Hull. Whilst he hasn’t been very impressive at the Tigers, he could still be brought into the squad next season on a free. Manager Steve Bruce has taken a liking to him as he has used the Frenchman in some of his most recent squads, starting him in their last five league games.
Another destination for Ben Arfa could be Liverpool. The Reds have been linked with the Frenchman for the past two seasons and could finally bring him in if he becomes a free agent. This might not be an attractive option for Ben Arfa, as he is likely not to start ahead of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, and Philippe Coutinho, but he would be a decent back up in case any of them picked up an injury.
One more club Ben Arfa could move to in England could be Stoke. Currently, the Potters have Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea on one of their wings. If they are unable to bring in the Nigerian on a permanent deal next season, they could bring in the Frenchman free agent instead.
Currently Schalke’s wingers, Sidney Sam, is being watched by quite a few European clubs and could therefore move soon. If he does move, the German side will need to replace him and the Frenchman might be an option. However, Sam has only recently arrived at Schalke, so a high asking price will be needed for him to move. This means a move for Ben Arfa here is unlikely.
The French club currently sits at the top of the Ligue 1 table, and their attacking midfield is starting to draw attention of several European clubs. Andre Ayew has been on the books for several top clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Inter Milan. His contract expires at the end of June 2015 and he is yet to be offered a renewal. If he was to leave either in January or on a free when his contract expires, a return to Les Olympiens could be destined for Ben Arfa.