Hatem Ben Arfa completes move to OGC Nice

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French side OGC Nice have confirmed the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa on a free transfer from Newcastle United on their official twitter page.

The Frenchman went out on loan to fellow Premier League side Hull City in September in an attempt to prove his talents that he showed in previous seasons.

Ben Arfa's time with Hull was nothing short of a disaster though as he managed just eight appearances, with Newcastle cancelling his contract by mutual consent as a result on Sunday afternoon.

Just a day later it’s been confirmed that he has returned to Ligue 1 but this time with Nice.

Ben Arfa, who has 13 caps for the French national side as well as two goals, has previously played in the French league with Lyon and Marseille.

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Top talent going to waste?

In his time at Newcastle the midfielder managed to score 13 goals in 76 appearances over five years, becoming a hero for the Toon faithful during potent purple patches where he looked every inch a top Premier League player.

He looked particularly promising at the beginning of last season, however his time at Newcastle will be remembered by many for the superb solo run and goal in 2012, where he received the ball in his own half and took it round multiple Bolton Wanderers defenders before slotting home.

There is no doubt that the midfielder has talent, he’s shown that multiple times but sadly not often enough.

Ben Arfa will be hoping his move back across the channel will be the thing that rejuvenates his career as a skilful and agile player, but it remains to be seen if he still has the desire and motivation to match his talent.

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