Hatem Ben Arfa has been linked with a move to Liverpool despite enduring an injury-plagued season last campaign.
The winger may now be surplus to requirements, according to the Independent, due to the arrival of Director of Football Joe Kinnear.
The winger may be surplus to requirements. Ben Arfa is very much a fans' favourite at Tyneside particularly due to his flying start in the Premier League.
Despite problems with injury, in the last two years the 26-year-old has still scored 11 goals for Newcastle from 56 starts.
Newcastle fans will no doubt be upset if the playmaker is allowed to leave and the already unpopular Kinnear will be doing his relationship with the Toon army no favours.
The former Marseille man has expressed a desire to remain at St James’ Park and even wants to extend his contract but as the power struggle in the North East continues, the French international’s future looks uncertain. Ben Arfa is believed to be on less than £40,000 a week and due to his calibre he wants to be on a level playing field with the other top earners at United.
Mike Ashley has spent beyond his means since the Magpies’ arrival back in the Premier League and Kinnear is thought to want to preserve funds.
The 66-year-old was only recently handed the role of director and as we famously heard on talkSPORT, he means business.
Brendan Rodgers on the other hand has already been busy this summer but he is actually looking to bring players in, having already secured two signings.
The acquisition of Ben Arfa could be a shrewd one as Liverpool are short on the wings and with uncertainty over Luis Suarez’s future, it could go some way to softening the blow.
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