Many Newcastle fans were happy to see the January transfer window slam shut at the end of last month.
We enjoyed a successful window, doing some shrewd business and retained the services of our ‘big players’ including the want away captain. By Newcastle’s standards this was an incredible transfer window, certainly the most successful in recent years.
The transfer window slammed shut a week ago, but despite clubs being unable to do any more business until the summer it hasn’t stopped the press from reporting what deals could happen at the end of the season. After all it is speculation that sells newspapers.
The Independent and The Mail have reported that Liverpool are considering a swoop for Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa. Both papers have suggested that former Magpie Andy Carroll could be used as a sweetener to push the potential deal through. This certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Liverpool took an interest in one of our star players, The Merseyside club lured Jose Enrique and Carroll from Newcastle. They have also been credited with interest in Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez in past windows.
Alan Pardew has stated before that he would be interested in bringing Andy Carroll back to Tyneside one day. Newcastle allegedly attempted to bring Carroll back in the summer, but the bid failed and the player ended up at West Ham on loan. Pardew is clearly an admirer of Carroll, but would he even consider a swap deal including arguably our best flair player? Personally I don’t.
The articles speak about Ben Arfa’s future being ‘uncertain’, I’m sure Hatem’s recent interview in France in which the player stated it would be a dream to play for his boyhood club PSG has maybe given the press something to exaggerate. Ben Arfa merely spoke of his love for PSG, but admittedly spoke of how he wants Newcastle to show a bit of ambition.
I certainly hope the latest transfer window has demonstrated a bit of ambition, which hopefully the club can build on over the summer. I feel if we can keep this group together and make some solid additions we could really push on, and Hatem Ben Arfa is certainly a big part of that vision. I will take these rumours with a pinch of salt. Liverpool is a bit of a sideways step as this stage, surely?
What do you guys think?.