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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Newcastle United signs a deal with Hatem Ben Arfa till 2015

The on-loan French footballer, Hatem Ben Arfa, has signed a permanent deal with English Premier League club, Newcastle United, from Marseille for an unidentified fee.

Newcastle United kept their faith in injured midfielder and has completed a four-and-a-half-year deal that will keep him at St James' Park until June 2015.

The 23-year-old joined the EPL side on loan in September and made his full debut with a victory against Everton. However, he has fractured his leg in a match against Manchester City in October and since then he has been out of action.

Marseille spent 11 million euros to sign him from Olympique Lyon in 2008.

Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew, said in a club statement, "He's obviously a top player and he's shown that in France, at international level and in his short time here at Newcastle".

However, English club is hopeful that Ben Arfa will make his return from injury as early as possible and prove that he is a superb player.

Ben Arfa is going through a very crucial time. There is no guarantee that he can get back his previous form. However, Arfa is very happy to sign a deal with Newcastle.

Newcastle, who is now in 10th position in the EPL league table with 25 points from 20 games, didn’t disclose his transfer fee.

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