Report: Hatem Ben Arfa trying to force free transfer move in January

Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa reportedly wants to arrange a free transfer away from the club ahead of the January transfer window.

Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa will only leave St. James' Park if he is available on a free transfer, the Mirror reports. 

Ben Arfa seems to have no future on Tyneside after falling out with manager Alan Pardew and the interest has been rising in his services, with clubs across Europe lining up to take a punt on the mercurial winger.

However, no side seem prepared to pay money for the 27-year-old and suitors may only offer him a contract if he is allowed to leave on a free. 

The France international remains a talent, but his lack of form over recent seasons has meant that there are question marks over his transfer. 

A loan move to Hull City was supposed to return Ben Arfa back to his devastating best, but it hasn't worked out as expected and his deal could be terminated next month. 

Ben Arfa is said to be desperate not to return to Newcastle, where he knows his chances of first-team football are non-existent, and he is said to be trying to force a permanent move away. 

The fans' favourite's agent has already made contact with Newcastle to try and negotiate a transfer, with French side Nice said to be leading the race for his signature. 

Ben Arfa has made nine appearances on his loan spell at Hull, but has failed to hit the back of the net. 

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