Newcastle Reportedly Looking to Sell Hatem Ben Arfa After Remy Cabella Signing

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2014

Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa could have played his last game for the north-east giants after the club confirmed the capture of Remy Cabella. 

Lee Ryder of The Chronicle writes that the French international has been left out of the Geordies' pre-season tour and has been forced to train with the youth team.

Ryder also confirms that Sylvain Marveaux and Shane Ferguson have joined Ben Arfa in training with the younger players, putting their futures also in doubt.

The club confirmed Cabella's signing late on Sunday via their Twitter feed:

Ben Arfa has been something of an enigma since arriving from Marseille back in 2010. The mercurial attacker has put in some wonderful displays for Alan Pardew's team, but injury destroyed his chances of an extended run in the side.

It now seems that Newcastle have lost patience and have decided to move forward without the player in their ranks.

Despite this, Simon Bird of the Mirror recently wrote that the French international will resist any efforts to be forced out of St James' Park and will try to sit out the last year of his deal.

Bird says that Newcastle are willing to sell for as little as £3 million, but Ben Arfa will prefer to leave as a free agent, in 12 months' time.

The player only started for Newcastle on 13 occasions last season, per WhoScored.com, spending the majority of his year on Pardew's bench. He did manage to score three times and collect as many assists during the period, but as the Geordies struggled he failed to make a lasting impact.

Cabella joins Newcastle after a strong season for Montpellier, in Ligue 1. The 24-year-old Frenchman, who can play across all of the attacking midfield positions, hit an impressive 14 goals in 37 games in the league, per WhoScored.com, providing five assists.

He is the type of creative player that Pardew needs as he looks to revamp his squad.

Ryder also tweeted about his approval of Cabella joining Newcastle, saying he will link up well with the Geordies' other new signing:

In addition, Newcastle are in for Emmanuel Riviere of Monaco for a reported £6 million, per Ryder's report.

The writer quotes the talented individual as saying:

"England is my dream since I was a kid. People compare me to Thierry Henry, and that is a big compliment. If I can achieve half of his career I will be happy."

Despite all of his talent, Ben Arfa has failed at Newcastle just as he did at his previous two clubs, Marseille and Lyon. At both the French sides he showed glimpses of world-class talent but has never had the discipline to kick on and further his reputation.

It is strange that the player would be happy to sit on the sidelines for a full season, but his motivation to leave on a free transfer may be a bigger goal than actually playing.

This is a sad set of events for Ben Arfa, who has dazzled in the Premier League at times, but it seems that his future lies away from the north-east. 

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