Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of French international Hatem Ben-Arfa on a permanent basis.
The 23-year-old has been on loan at St. James’ Park since the end of August and made four appearances and scoring one goal in the black & white stripes before he suffered a leg-break after a tackle from Nigel de Jong in October.
Newcastle and Marseille have agreed an undisclosed fee for the winger and he has agreed to sign a four and a half year contract to become a permanent addition to Alan Pardew’s side until June 2015.
Pardew wants one more.
Manager Alan Pardew is on the lookout for at least one other player during the January transfer window.
The Newcastle manager told BBC Sport: “I have made it clear to the chairman and the board that one extra is needed.”
When asked if David Beckham was a possible signing for the Toon, Pardew said the LA Galaxy midfielder could be a target: “David Beckham is a player who could wear a Newcastle shirt I think. Whether we can make that happen is another question. I will ask the question, that is my right as the manager.”
A lot of speculation has been made about David Beckham during the transfer window after LA Galaxy agreed to let the former Manchester United player go on loan until the end of the season. Tottenham look to be the most likely club to attract Golden Balls but Pardew will try and convince the Newcastle board to put their names on the list as he looks to strengthen his side with another attacking player.
No Carroll sale.
Tottenham now look set to abandon their plans of signing Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, according to Goal.com.
Rumours have been circulating the English Press that Carroll has caught the attention of the Premier League’s biggest clubs thanks to his record of 11 goals in 19 Premier League appearances and Spurs were believed to be the club most likely to attract the signature of the English international.
Harry Redknapp has shown interest in the 22-year-old in recent weeks, but Alan Pardew remained adamant that Carroll would remain at the club for at least the rest of the season and the £25million price-tag Newcastle slapped on the robust forward proved enough to repel any interest from Spurs for the time being.