Is Ben Arfa set to exit St James' Park in the summer following reported bust-up?

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Alan Pardew could be set for a clear out in the summer and Hatem Ben Arfa could well be on his way.

Newcastle United suffered a heavy defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, losing 4-0 and tempers reportedly flared after the match.

Following Javier Hernandez's goal for The Red Devils John Carver called Ben Arfa over to the techinal area to demand an explanation for the goal. The Frenchman had barely made an attempt to get back and try and help out the defence when United were on the attack.  After the match, Alan Pardew is believed to have reiterated his unhappiness with Ben Arfa's lack of effort in that situation.

The Newcastle Chronicle reports that Pardew could be set to drop the winger from the squad altogether for the match against Stoke City and he could be one of many heading out of St James' Park in the summer.

His ability is clear for us all to see, and he has scored some great goals for The Magpies during his time at the club, with his mazy run and finish against Aston Villa being a particular highlight. However it must be incredibly frustrating for the club and fans that he doesn't produce the goods on a more regular basis.

Exciting players with pace and flair are all well and good but they need to be able to come back and cover and help the defence out too. Pardew isn't getting that from Ben Arfa and he may be willing to sell him in the summer.

Hatem himself may already be considering leaving the North-East club anyway. He has only made 15 starts this season and has been linked with a return to France before. Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keeping a close eye on the player, and he has expressed his views on a move to PSG saying the club is in his heart and he wouldn't rule anything out. 

French players are often going to be linked with a move to PSG now they have such an incredible buying power and it will be a tempting proposition for them. PSG are now one of the strongest sides in Europe and the chance to be incredibly successful in your homeland is always going to be an exciting proposition.

Yohan Cabaye of course departed Newcastle for PSG in January and they haven't quite managed to recover from this yet. Ben Arfa wouldn't be as big of a miss though, and should be able to replace him in the summer with the money from both aforementioned sales.

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