Newcastle United: Magpies make Ben Arfa deal permanent

Hatem Ben Arfa today became Newcastle boss Alan Pardew's first signing after his season-long loan move became permanent.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal after the Magpies agreed an undisclosed fee with Marseille.

Ben Arfa has been out of action since suffering a double leg fracture in a challenge with Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong in

October, but showed enough in his four appearances for the club before that to persuade them of his ability.

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen. 
(Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe)

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