Hatem Ben Arfa linked to NYCFC move after recent FIFA troubles

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The future of Hatem Ben Arfa is decidedly unclear at present. After seeing a proposed return to Ligue 1 blocked by FIFA having already technically turned out for two teams this season, the enigmatic Frenchman recently hypothesised about retiring from the game altogether.

Now though it seems that, with FIFA's three-team rule not stretching to North America, it the former Newcastle United midfielder is attempting to engineer a move to MLS.

New hope

As reported by The Daily Mail and French publication L'Equipe, Ben Arfa's representatives have approached New York City FC about the possibility of a short term deal for the free agent.

Facing several months in the footballing wilderness should he stay in Europe it appears that the 27-year-old is looking to find regular game time further afield.

It is unclear yet as to whether New York City FC have been receptive to the offer but, with Frank Lampard's expected arrival having been pushed back recently, the addition of a French international - albeit one who now carries significant baggage - could be appealing to Major League Soccer's newest franchise.

Troubled recent history

Hatem Ben Arfa finds himself searching for his third club of the season (fourth if you include his weekend spent with Nice) after difficult spells with both Newcastle United and Hull City.

The playmaker began the season with Newcastle but, after falling out with then manager Alan Pardew over issues of workrate and commitment, it quickly became clear his future did not lie on Tyneside.

Farmed out to Hull City on loan things didn't improve for Ben Arfa. After just nine appearances he was again exiled from first team activities.

Unfortunately for the player, one under-21 appearance for Newcastle back in August has been his downfall with FIFA regulations listing the reserve game as a competitive fixture.

MLS experience

The 2015 MLS season is due to kick of in March and, with teams gearing up for the new campaign, there may be others outside of NYCFC who could hold an interest in acquiring Hatem Ben Arfa.

With the likes of David Villa (NYCFC), Kaka (Orlando City FC), and Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) all primed to make their débuts next month, could there be another high profile name added to that list sooner rather than later?

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