Hatem Ben Arfa has become Alan Pardew's first signing as Newcastle United manager, after the French international joined The Magpies on a permanent deal on Wednesday. The 23-year-old midfielder joined United on loan from Olympique de Marseille in September, and showed his quality with a stunning winner against Everton on his full debut before suffering a broken leg at Manchester City in October. But with his recovery going well, Pardew has acted quickly to sign the fans' favourite on a contract until June 2015. Ben Arfa said: "I am absolutely delighted to be signing for Newcastle United on a permanent basis. During my short time at the club, I thoroughly enjoyed playing for the team and for the supporters too. This is a great club and I am very happy to be committing my future to them. "I am getting back to fitness as quickly as I can and am really looking forward to getting back to St. James' Park, seeing the lads again and of course working with Alan Pardew and his staff. "During my time out, I have been inundated with messages of support from fans and I want to repay them all with good performances on the pitch later this season." A product of the famous Clairefontaine Academy, the attacking midfielder began his career with Lyon in 2004, where he spent four years and represented his country at youth, under-21 and senior level. An ¤11 million move to Marseille followed in 2008 before he arrived in the Barclays Premier League with Newcastle this season. Manager Alan Pardew commented: "When I came to the club last month, one of my priorities was to secure Hatem on a permanent deal. The last thing I wanted was for us to lose him when his loan ended so we're really pleased to have agreed that deal today. "He's obviously a top player and he's shown that in France, at international level and in his short time here at Newcastle. I'm delighted to secure Hatem as my first signing and once he's back fit, I have no doubt he'll confirm just what a superb player he is." Newcastle United's Managing Director Derek Llambias added: "Bringing Hatem on loan earlier in the season was quite a coup, but to sign him permanently on a long-term deal is even better. "Alan Pardew made it clear that he wanted Hatem here beyond his loan spell so we have backed him and made that happen. Hatem is exactly the type of player that we want here; a young international class player with his best years ahead of him. And now those years will be spent at St. James' Park." .I think everyone is just waiting for him to get back on the pitch and conquer it...we cant wait!!!Good luck Hatem
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed he wants to make Hatem Ben Arfa's loan move permanent. Ben Arfa joined Newcastle on loan from Marseille this summer while Chris Hughton was still in charge at St James' Park, but he suffered a double leg fracture against Manchester City just four games after his arrival.
Pardew has therefore yet to see the player in action but, with an agreement for a permanent move having been built into the loan deal, he is looking to retain the player long-term.
"He is a great player and Newcastle fans would love to see him at the club," he said. "All I would say on that is I am working towards seeing if that is possible." It is said Ben Arfa - expected to return to action in February - will cost around £5.1 million, and it is understood he has flown to Newcastle to finalise the deal.
Hatem Ben Arfa is understood to have flown in for negotiations over a permanent deal at Newcastle.The midfielder is halfway through a season-long loan spell with the Magpies after joining from Marseille over the summer, but has only made four appearances due to injury.He has spent time rehabilitating in France since suffering a double leg fracture in a challenge with Manchester City'sNigel de Jong on 3rd October.Ben Arfa's long-term future had appeared uncertain due to the severity of the injury and the fact that Alan Pardew has replaced Chris Hughton as manager at St James' Park.However, the 23-year-old is making good progress in his recovery and Pardew has previously indicated that he would be keen to sort out an extended contract.Reports in France have now suggested Newcastle are hoping to complete a permanent deal early in the January transfer window, which opens at the weekend.Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Ben Arfa but he was so impressive during the games he did play for the Magpies that they will be determined to beat off any competition and land his signature.
HATEM Ben Arfa has raced ahead of schedule in his battle to return from a broken leg. The midfielder was visited by Newcastle club doctors at his rehabilitation centre in the South of France last week and his return to training has been moved forward to the first week of February – which is fantastic news for United and new manager Alan Pardew. There were fears that Ben Arfa would not play again this season after the horrendous sliding challenge from Nigel De Jong that broke his leg in two place, while making his fourth appearance for Newcastle after joining on a season-long loan from Marseille.
But as St James' Park prepares a frosty welcome for Dutch midfielder De Jong and his Manchester City team-mates for the return match on Boxing Day, there is at least a positive dispatch from across the Channel to warm United hearts. Ben Arfa's agent Simon Stainrod revealed to The Journal that he has begun pool work at the Capbreton centre in France and is strengthening his leg muscles with a view to returning much earlier than expected. And intriguingly, Pardew has already been in touch to check on the fitness of a player who could yet play a significant part in United's season. “Hatem is doing really, really well,” Stainrod told The Journal. “He's working really hard and he's in a centre where they are working intensively from Monday to Friday on the injury and it is definitely helping him to make plenty of progress. “I think from the original prognosis, it's going to be much, much better than that. You can never tell 100% but hopefully he's going to be back in the first week of February, which is just fantastic. It could be later, it could be earlier but that's better than anyone thought. “The club doctor came from Newcastle to see him last week and he was really delighted with Hatem's progress. He's working hard and there are a group of specialists working with him – he's really in the best place. “He's working on his strength and that is the next step, but he's dedicated and he's absolutely determined to get back in a Newcastle shirt and repay the supporters for their support through all of this.” Things have moved on at St James' Park since the mercurial Marseille midfielder was last in the North East. And like the rest of the dressing room, Ben Arfa was shocked at the axing of popular Hughton a fortnight ago. The ex-Newcastle chief impressed the Frenchman by visiting him in hospital and there was a determination to make a return for Hughton. But he has had positive discussions with Pardew, who sees a central role for Ben Arfa when he returns. “Hatem was a little bit upset by what happened with Chris but while it sounds harsh, football is football and his responsibility is with [c=blue!important][c=blue!important]Newcastle
[c=blue!important]United,” Stainrod said. “You have to be professional and he can't wait to start working with Alan. He's got a good reputation as a [c=blue!important][c=blue!important]coach and even though he's someone different, you get used to that in football.” As United hope to welcome back Ben Arfa in the New Year they have slapped a 'hands off' warning on star asset Andy Carroll – who is attracting reported interest from Spurs. A £20million offer has been mooted in January, but Pardew says there is no way United will sell. “It does get boring but it is not going to stop – it will never stop,” he said of the transfer rumours surrounding the Newcastle number nine. “It won't stop because he's a talent and that's what happens at big clubs. “We have to have a big-club mentality and hold on to our best player.”
HATEM BEN ARFA is hoping to make a sensational January return as his recovery from a double leg break progresses ahead of schedule.
It was feared that the midfielder would not be back until March at the earliest, but he has stunned doctors with his recovery – and can now walk on the injured leg again.
That is understood to be a significant step towards his goal of returning in the later weeks of January.
The France schemer has been out of action since the start of October, when Nigel De Jong's horror tackle at Eastlands left him with a broken leg in two places.
Since then he had a brief holiday in Tunisia before returning to Clairefontaine for a check up last week which was described as “very positive”.
He is set to begin work at a world class rehabilitation centre in Capbreton in the South of France on Monday – giving him real hope of an earlier-than-expected recovery.
Having Ben Arfa back would be a huge boost for Toon, who have missed his creativity and ability to pick a pass during some of their home games.
Chris Hughton last week confirmed there had been no complications in the recovery process, but was reluctant to put a timescale on his return. The club are determined not to rush him.
But the Sunday Sun understands that Ben Arfa is walking unaided and the player himself is hoping to be back in training by the turn of the year.
And that sets up the prospect of the 23-year-old being available for at least some part of United's January fixture programme. It would be a double boost for United, with long-term absentee Dan Gosling set to return to training next week.
The England under-21 midfielder has been out with a cruciate knee ligament since March.
A quick recovery for Ben Arfa and Gosling might also explain why Hughton believes he does not need to dip into the transfer market in January.
He is assessing winger options, with Manchester City's Adam Johnson and Shaun Wright-Phillips both long shot targets if Roberto Mancini makes them available.
Gosling and Ben Arfa's returns would give him the options he needs to continue plotting a path to survival, though.
well I have decided to keep up the spirit for ben arfa and show him support by counting down until his back.I reckon everyone whether your a fan of newcastle united or him should countdown together.It will really keep him positive so feel free to leave messages.Eid mubaruk to everyone!
Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa says he is hungry to get back on the pitch as he continues his recovery from injury.
The French star, who arrived at St James' Park from Marseille in the summer, made just four appearances for the Magpies before suffering a double break in his leg at Manchester City.
The 23-year-old, who is staying with his grandparents in Tunisia for the initial stages of his recuperation, says he is doing all he can to ensure he makes his return to action as soon as possible. Feeling good
"I am doing really well," Ben Arfa said in Newcastle's match-day programme on Sunday.
"I am staying with my grandparents and that is good for the psychology aspect because it is not easy with an injury like this.
"By being where I am at the moment and getting a little bit of treatment, time is passing a bit faster and I'm feeling good.
"It is a long process. There is not a lot I can do in these early stages and it is a case of waiting for the bone to mend.
"I was really enjoying my time at Newcastle and it hurt to have found a club that I was really happy at, only to get injured."
Ben Arfa says he is keeping up with Newcastle's progress, adding: "I am following all of Newcastle's games all the way.
"I watched the West Ham game on television and it pained me that I couldn't be on the pitch and be part of it, but I am motivated and I can't wait to get back and get out on the pitch again.
"I am feeling very positive and it is very good for me to be here with my family.
"I've been in touch with a few of the players and I just want to do everything I can to get back onto the pitch as quickly as possible."
Ben Arfa, whose goal earned Newcastle a 1-0 triumph at Everton earlier in the season, admits he has been overwhelmed by the support from the fans, and has vowed to repay them when he makes his comeback.
"I've never been at a club where I have been so well received," he added.
"Actions speak louder than words and I will repay those thanks when I return on the pitch.
Hey hatem....It must be nice to be around your family in Tunisia and we hope that your in the right state of mind.I think all your fans are rageing for you to be back whether your playing for Newcastle or not however we want you 100% Inshallah.Take care and keep strong..x
Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has been handed an early fitness boost after surgeons told him he will return "as good as before".
The tibia break suffered when Ben Arfa was scythed down by Nigel De Jong was high up on the bone which reduces the potential for damaging complications and made surgery much easier.
And that means that he may even be back in black and white before the March date originally mooted.
Ben Arfa's surgeon is the same man who operated on Djibril Cisse after his two damaging leg breaks – and he reckons the Newcastle man should have no problems with his recuperation.
“One of the doctors involved with Hatem is the same French doctor that operated on Cisse so he knows what he's doing,” Ben Arfa's agent Simon Stainrod told the Sunday Sun.
“Hatem's tibia was broken quite high up which is actually relatively good news. It means there won't be any complications and he's been told he will come back as good as before. Once it's healed he'll be back to where he was before this ever happened.
“It's too early to talk about exact comeback dates but Cisse, who is a friend of Hatem's, told him he was back after five months. I think that break was actually worse than Hatem's, so we'll see.
“If he is back in five months we'd be delighted but the most important thing is that when he comes back, he's 100%. I think everyone around him is feeling confident and positive that he'll be as good as before and Hatem is psychologically very strong.”
Ben Arfa is currently in Tunisia visiting his grandparents and will take delivery of a postbag full of get-well-soon cards forwarded on to him by Newcastle United early next week.
That support, Stainrod believes, will be vital as he faces a long and arduous recovery from his horrific double leg break.
“The doctor has told Hatem that it's important that he's in the correct frame of mind so we decided that he should go to Tunisia to see his grandparents so I think he's a bit out of the loop,” he said.
“But when he receives the cards and letters that Newcastle have forwarded it will give him a huge lift. I think he'll cry, to be honest!
“To know he has that support will mean the world to him, and I think you'll see an even more determined Hatem when he comes back.”
Meanwhile, Ben Arfa is still waiting to hear an apology from de Jong. There has been no contact from anyone at Manchester City – a damning indictment of the player, Stainrod reckons.
“Nobody has heard anything about Nigel De Jong. Normally when players are involved in tackles like this where they then say 'I didn't mean to do it' they will come and apologise,” he said.
“I can't think of a case where a player hasn't turned up and said 'I'm really sorry' but there's been nothing. It speaks volumes, I think.”
Marseille are to launch legal action against de Jong for the challenge that left Ben Arfa out until the New Year – a move that has the endorsement of Ben Arfa.
“I'm fully behind it. If this kind of tackle had happened in France the player would have been banned for as long as the player was injured for,” Stainrod said.