Hatem Ben Arfa could yet extend his stay in the Premier League – but only if West Ham United fail in their approach for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka.
The Irons are rumoured to have tabled a £12 million bid for the 24-year-old with Sam Allardyce keen to recruit another winger following a season in which the Hammers flirted with relegation.
They could yet face competition for Konoplyanka’s services though with Liverpool among the clubs previously linked with a bid for the midfielder, who has garnered much attention on the continent following a series of all-action displays in Ukraine.
And should the Reds rekindle their interest in the 24-year-old then Allardyce could have a tough time trying to convince the midfielder to opt for a move to mid-table West Ham United over Liverpool and the chance to play in the Champions League.
There could be one viable alternative should the Hammers fail in their bid for Konoplyanka though, with Hatem Ben Arfa available and reportedly keen to remain in the English top-flight next term.
Ben Arfa is on his way out of Newcastle after falling out with Toon manager Alan Pardew, though that is unlikely to put Allardyce and West Ham off any potential deal with the London club already being linked with a summer move for the French star.
The former Marseille player could be available for a similar fee to the one currently attached to Konoplyanka and could even prove to be the safer option of the two, given Ben Arfa’s proven pedigree for success in the English top flight.
Much could depend on developments in the next few days though with any move from Liverpool for Konoplyanka or even Ben Arfa - a player they were also rumoured to have looked at – likely to force West Ham’s hand either way.