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Hatem Ben Arfa to return to Newcastle on 2nd January

GFFN can confirm initial, exclusive reports from our colleagues at Foot Mercato that Hatem Ben Arfa has been informed that he is expected to return to Newcastle for training on the 2nd January.

He was expected to be on his way out of the Pardew-led club but now, with the departure of the current manager expected to be formalised in the next 48 hours, it is possible that HBA manages to reintegrate himself into the Magpies’ squad. 

The player remains the subject of heavy interest from Nice and a couple of Spanish sides principally, after interest from Bordeaux and Hamburg has dropped off in recent days. 

GFFN exclusively revealed last week that Hull City had terminated their loan deal with the player, who initially wanted to terminate his contract with Newcastle so that he could join a club for free next month.

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