Liverpool could be set to end Hatem Ben Arfa's Newcastle nightmare, with reports suggesting that the club are plotting a summer move for his services.
According to unnamed sources cited by The Metro, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers - who has enjoyed a tremendous second season in charge on Merseyside - will offer £6 million for the Frenchman at the end of the season in the hope that Newcastle will do business.
27-year-old Ben Arfa - who joined Newcastle from Marseille back in 2010 - was previously considered to be one of the Toon's most talented players, yet his career at St. James' Park appears to have ground to a halt in recent weeks under Alan Pardew.
Training with the reserves after an apparent row about his fitness, the French international last started a Premier League game - a heavy 4-0 defeat to Southampton - on March 29 and earlier this week gave a rare interview in which he claimed he was 'sad and frustrated' that he couldn't help his team during their current slump.
Liverpool, meanwhile, suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Anfield last Sunday, but such a defeat has done little to take the shine off of what has been a surprisingly strong season for the club.
Stringing together a hugely impressive run of 11 straight victories prior to that aforementioned hiccup, Liverpool remain top of the Premier League - although they could shortly be at the mercy of Manchester City, who hold a game in hand - with just two fixtures of the campaign left to play.
With Liverpool still possessing relatively little by way of quality depth in certain areas, it seems almost guaranteed that Rodgers will be looking to make several top additions to his squad before next season.
Whether the purchase of a player like Ben Arfa - who appears to get himself caught up in controversy on a frequent basis - would be well received by fans is certainly debatable, but there is no doubt that he is a talented winger who could presumably be tempted by the allure of regular Champions League football.
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