Sunday, July 21, 2013

Liverpool Make Ben Arfa Approach

Liverpool has made contact with Newcastle over the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa, according to reports.

The Daily Star cite speculation in L’Equipe when claiming that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has made an approach for the 26-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Anfield in the past.

Indeed, The Daily Express reported at the end of May that Liverpool were set to go head-to-head with AS Monaco and Spurs in a £10million battle for the player.

Ben Arfa has suffered a number of injury nightmares during his time with Newcastle, who he joined from Marseille in 2011 after a year on loan at St. James’ Park.

During that season-long loan, he suffered a broken leg, but was still snapped up by the Toon for an undisclosed fee.

He impressed the following season when fit for Alan Pardew’s side, but again missed large spells of last term with a hamstring problem.

Rodgers must have seen enough to believe the player can enhance the attack at Liverpool, having already added Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas to the ranks at Anfield.

A 13-cap international with Les Bleus, there is little doubting the winger’s credentials, but keeping him fit would surely be the key if he did move to Merseyside from Tyneside.

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