Alan Pardew and Newcastle are preparing to offer Lyon Hatem Ben Arfa as a makeweight as the club continues its pursuit of Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, reports the Daily Mail. Ben Arfa has been frozen out of the senior Magpies side, and could be headed for the exit door as a result.
Ben Arfa began his career at Lyon before moving on to Marseille and eventually Newcastle. He has been tainted as ‘unprofessional’ by the current Saint James’ Park management, however, as his career looks to have stalled.
The north east club are trying to turn the situation in their favour, by offering Ben Arfa as bait in a transfer bid that has been maintained for much of the summer. Pardew has been interested in the £15 million rated striker Lacazette for weeks now, and has been persistent in his approach for the player.
Before now it had been suggested that the forward was only interested in switching to a Champions League club, but Newcastle remain determined. With 23 goals under his belt from last season, Lacazette is a proven goal-scorer, the like of which Loic Remy proved to be for the club last season.
The former West Ham manager will hope to address two problems in one move if he can ship Ben Arfa out of the club as well, although the midfielder might only leave temporarily. A season-long loan deal has been mooted, in which the Magpies will still be responsible for 50% of Ben Arfa’s wage.