1/15/2013 09:04:00 am

''I'm interested in LFC" - Exciting £6m attacker wants Anfield move

Since handing Alan Pardew a ridiculous 8-year contract, Newcastle United's fortunes have suffered a horrendous run of form, and with eleven defeats in the last fifteen games, Pardew's team are now languishing in 16th place in the league, only two poins off the relegation zone. To add insult to injury, France winder Hatem Ben Arfa seemingly wants to abandon ship, and last night, he made a crass public demand to leave St. James Park.

In an interview with BeIn Sport, Ben Arfa - who cost Newcastle £6m - dispensed with any kind of subtlety and seemingly made the the following 'come and get me plea':

"I am interested in Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Today, these clubs are above Newcastle. My goal is to stay in England"

Well, you don't get more blatant than that! Liverpool have been linked with Ben Arfa several times in the past, and although his comment is classless in the extreme (just imagine if, say, Downing or Henderson said something similar), there would seem to be an opportunity here for Liverpool to capitalise on Newcastle's precarious position.

A hamstring injury has kept Ben Arfa out of the team since early December but he is due back next month, and before he leaves for a new club, his main goal is to try and save Newcastle from relegation. He told The Daily Mail:

"First [before leaving], I must save my club. I only think of that. I will help my team and my coach, with whom I get along great. We really want to fight for him. The fans are great too"

Obviously, Ben Arfa is injured right now so a January move might not be the best idea, but generally, is he a player Liverpool should pursue?



Jaimie Kanwar





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72 Comments :

HazeyMatt said...

hahaha sorry i couldnt concentrate after being reminded of the 8 year contract.
CLASSIC

HazeyMatt said...

But yes its a no from me, i dont think he'd be worth bringing in

Septimus_red said...

Jaimie,

As i understand it he wants to go to PSG if we could dump Carroll at Newcastle and raid Arfa that would be a good swap deal.

Wouldn't want to pay for him though

propernorth said...

sorry but translation is wrong, he said he found english football interesting and listed some teams, that's all

Will said...

Yes! Get him, he is the kind of player we need, creative and skillful something we lack a lot! Already adapted to the PL as well.

Brian McCann said...

Mercenary leave him where he is, We need players who are interested in playing for the shirt 1st and the paycheck second.

HazeyMatt said...

i agree that he is creative and skillful but its not a consistent creative and skillful, and if im not mistaken he's only played like 40-50 gaes in 3 years (im not positive so dont rip my head off on the games to years lol)
i personally wouldnt waste the money

HBA said...

Yeah cos you scousers have no history with ridiculous business decisions. How much did u pay us for Carroll? The mackems for Henderson? I could go on. CLASSIC

HazeyMatt said...

and the carroll money paid for the 8 year deal i suppose.

MikeW said...

No way Newcastle would let him move for £8m with the silly prices going around at present. He is worth much more if he can stay fit and if he can't why have him

anteater said...

Give them Carroll back for Ben Arfa plus 20m and the deal is on.

Tej said...

Haha, the quotes are twisted, he didn't say he was interested in Chelsea, arsenal or Liverpool, he only said Newcastle belong in the top half with the likes of them......

TC said...

Looks a great dribbler and creative, but with only 8 goals in 39 games for Newcastle, I'm not convinced he's prolific enough. LFC desperately need forwards who can score- Kuyt always got 10-15 per season, and thats what we should be aiming for as a minimum from our forwards.

TOONARMYELITE said...

start the biding around 30 mil and make sure all the cash is up front

bam said...

what a load of bollox this article is! he never said that at all.

SA_Red said...

He's a damn good player!

Pete said...

Good player no doubt, but I wouldn't want someone at the club who wanted to 'jump ship'. Today Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are ahead of Newcastle but last season, (or yesterday) they weren't. Suck it up Ben Arfa.

Will said...

True, but im just thinking from the point of view that.
1 He has said he is interested.
2 We cant attract as many top players at the moment
3 He plays in the PL already so knows it well
4 He should be pretty cheap

liverpool4life565 said...

Carroll and 5 million because you know he won't turn you down for QPR lol.

jas said...

we must have him, he is class midfielder

Markaccus said...

Hands off in January, my jolly scouse cousins. We'll need him. However, if he's got itchy feet, take him in the summer, we need players who want to be here.

Greg | Liverpool Kopites said...

Good player but doesn't he spend a lot of time injured? Unless he does a van persie.

Jason Carr said...

not for me no better than what we have already got,jaimie whats up with discuss not working again

Ramzey_Hendrix said...

The carroll money was just covered the 1st 6 years, the 7 mill from chelsea for Demba Ba will cover the rest. YNWA

Jason Carr said...

on another subject looks like we are going to lose out on yet another transfer target{vegeem}whilst fsg faff about other clubs do buisness

jj said...

Id rather see adel taraabt than ben arfa which is prone to injury.

Dan Cook said...

ahahaha you silly cunts.... 30-40 million from you muggy scousers please... and you can keep that fucking 35 million pound donkey ahahahaha, 8 year deals funny, 35 million for Andy Carroll is hillarious ahahahahaha

Johnny Luken said...

Good player and worth bidding for, but doesn't seem very loyal.

HazeyMatt said...

Just read the same thing. apparently he's going to reject the trial and sign for them. As ive never seen the player play all i can say is oh well!
next name on the list please

Jason Carr said...

can you blame him other premiershipclubs want to sign him trials are for younger players we are losing the plot

max said...

non-starter. we can't afford anyone, we can't attract anyone.

Alan said...

Would f#cking love it if LFC manage to snatch him up. Forget about Tom Ince and use the money towards this guy or do a swap deal with Andy Donkey Boy Carroll.

Graham Bowles said...

Wouldn't go near him. The only players that i would consider welcoming to the club is Cabaye and Santon. Especially Santon he will be a quality player.

Will said...

Even though he said he is interested in Liverpool?? How is that not attracting anyone?

Swap for Carrol would be good too!

L4red said...

Bit of a fiasco again m8, were world class at these!

L4red said...

Lol, you tryin to pull our pants down again?

L4red said...

Bit rich comin from a magpie fan

Jason Carr said...

i cannot believe how public we make our transfer targets ,before we have signed players its a bit like a soap opera a load of fuss about nothing

Joshua Gresham said...

If we could get him for cheap I can't see why not to be honest. He adds something different to our team in his style of wing play and hes proven in the league. Cant hurt the depth of our squad. If we can keep him injury free I think we should sign him.

Jay said...

You won't find them in the professional leagues mate - you're fooling yourself if you believe any senior player is at LFC simply for their love of the club

Jay said...

I always thought that he had been picked up on a free.


Eitherways, it was another example of a player being picked up for much less than he was worth, because of perceived off field issues.


Ben Arfa is a quality player, though not the type we're in particular need of atm. Unless Rodgers refuses to play Gerrard/Suso as our AM, at which point Ben Arfa is a MASSIVE short term AND long term upgrade over Shelvey/Henderson/Allen

Gano1 said...

Wow Newcastle are in big trouble, same old then.........ha ha ha

FdotM said...

When I heard that Pardew got offered an 8 contract I laughed so hard that my friend had to slap me to make me stop! (exaggerating).


But really it just shows how much Mike Ashley knows about football and it's dynamics. Where have you heard of a club giving their manager an 8year contract? I mean really?


No doubt Newcastle have a good squad but a 3-4 year deal would have sufficed easily. Mike Ashley clearly just got carried way with how things were going last season.


Ben Arfa is a good player and I was surprised that Lyon sold him to Marseille and they sold him to Newcastle. But his injuries recently is worrying though.


Nevertheless he is a good player.


I'm still hoping we will bring 2 more signings. The Ince deal seems dead and the Sneijder deal maybe next existed lol!


PS drop Allen for next game. That is all.

FdotM said...

Yes yes!! Agreed Jay! Would prefer Ben Arfa than any of those 3 any day of the week.

FdotM said...

Plus Shelvey is way to overrated by BR.

FdotM said...

Hmmmm... A Carroll swap with Ben Arfa...Yes please!

FdotM said...

Amen to this. If Liverpool stopped paying Gerrard's wages we would see how long he would stick around for.


There is no loyalty when it comes to football money.

rubyrm said...

Potential signings this window is becoming a tiresome topic.. Buck has insisted no more senior players. FSG's budget has maxed.

ryan said...

we didnt lose out on him, we mearly offerd the kid a weeks trial to see if he is good enough but then southhamton made a £4m bid we wernt going to match. would you prefare we went in blind and wasted £4m on a bench warmer, i think BR has more targets ahead of forren.

Jason Carr said...

hes an international for norway you do not ask senior players to come on trial,and hes no kid,and dont talk to me about rodgers wasting money on bench warmers half of his signings don,t even make the bench

Tommy said...

Them blue noses must be laughing their heads off..Southampton! need I say more??

Thomas said...

 We are fast becoming a joke. The Muppets are running our once great club again. I hate to say it but we may have to get used to be hanging on to the coat tails of Everton, for the next few years at least. God that hurt!   

gilstrap said...

 i have to agree...i thought giving an international a trial was strange...do we not have scouts...have we not watched the guy.....pitty we didnt give allen a trial he wouldnt have made it out of the changing rooms

Liverpool For Me said...

I think Ben Arfa would be a great signing for Liverpool and they should grab him if they can. But wait Brendan's project . Only he knows who will fit into his style of play , or does he really even know .

Anyway before we laugh at anyone or Newcastle for the 8 year deal for Pardew. Think about Liverpool's diabolical decisions and they multiply
Carrol 35 Mil
Allen 15 Mil
Borini 10 Mil
Downing ...... etc etc etc

VermHat said...

I wouldn't be surprised if he has a release clause.

VermHat said...

It because us Scousers need our fix of soap opera goodness. If they would just bring back Brookside all would be well again.

Liverpool For Me said...

These arent all Liverpool's transfer targets. Journalist wakes up in the morning . Oops had a heavy night last night , no work done .

Lets see who I can link to Liverpool , Arsenal , Man C etc . Not only are the supposed clubs involved surprised when they read the article but so is the juornalist himself .

TonyVranic said...

YEs Ben afra and MVilla

Jay said...

Downing for £20m is the worst of any of our recent signings imo.

At least there was something about Carroll to suggest he might become a dominant player at some point, if all went to plan. Downing was clearly never going to be anything more than a mediocre winger.

Carl said...

Jamie, really think you need to check your sources, Ben Arfa did the 30 minute interview in French, nowhere did he actually say I want to join LFC, the interviewer asked a theoretical question and Ben Arfa said if he was asked he would consider it, same for Chelsea and Arsenal. the question asked was as follows - We are in  the middle of the transfer window, we spoke earlier that if there was a proposition from PSG you would consider it, what about if I mention a few clubs to you and you tell me if yes. 

LFC was just one of the clubs. Everything has to be taken in context and a full interpretation of the interview provided, not just snippets from other media outlets.
Also the interviewer asked - 

These clubs are above Newcastle and do you feel they could make you progress in order to regain your place in the French team?HBA Yes, today they are above that’s true but if we have good recruitment we can rejoin them.

Jaimie K said...

I don't see what your point is. He was asked if would consider moving to LFC, chelsea etc, and he said yes.

Additionally, nowhere have I stated that Ben Arfa said 'I want to join LFC'. The actual quote is 'I am interested in Liverpool, Chelsea etc', and that is in the article.

Whether it's theoretical or not is irrelevant. The answer to a theoretical question is still a valid answer.

Zanz Kedah said...

Yess...He is good skill dribbling the ball but always sitting in the bench get injured.The fee must bargain please.

Jason Carr said...

i dont know it like we have terry ,barry and sinbad runnuin the club lol

Jason Carr said...

i know that but the ones we are interested in are public knowledge as well ,ince,sturridge ,allen and dempsey ect

Jason Carr said...

or rodgers or fsg they should have a criminal trial,on attempted murder of a football club

Bmccann said...

Fair points. i never said loyalty though as we all know that commodity is as rare as a honest politician what about playing for the shirt because your ambitious. professional pride maybe?

Jgirvan2000 said...

Sorry league position please? Get the parachute out my magpie friend.

Fuwee said...

May be just FSF for now.

Jason Carr said...

lol

Carl said...

You say he wants and I quote "Exciting £6 million Attacker Wants Anfield Move" did you not, which implies he indicated he wants to join LFC, ,the keyword here is Wants..If your headline is mean't as a question rather than a statement maybe there is a ? missing.
the point is he does not say he wants to go to LFC, he would merely consider them along with a host of other teams, just like any  other player would, you separate the LFC part and then write an article based on that one point which is taken out of all context, "considering" is not the same as "Wants" therefore your headline of "Wants Anfield Move" is incorrect. If it was the other way round and I put your same argument forwards as you use, you would laugh me off the forum. you have missed crucial information in your article in order to purposely mislead your readers and you know you have.  Maybe the issue is with regards to what you don't write rather than with what you do write.The club he really wants to play for is PSG (another bit of crucial info not mentioned), above all other clubs, this alone could have a bearing on how people would view him as an addition, we have heard many times the mercenary term used, yet you fail to give all the facts and still expect folks to give an opinion. Using the word "interested" for article impact value is also not true, he is not interested in joining LFC. You would need to employ an interpreter, so you can actually understand what was said, unless of course you speak fluent French and actually watched the interview of course.

Charlie said...

Daily Mail got this from BeinSport in France, and what you quote is not what he says in the interview... very very very distorted truth.

Liverpool For Me said...

Jamie I would say your headline is misleading , wouldn't you ?

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