Why any Newcastle return for Ben Arfa would be the wrong move

Speculation suggests the winger could be in line for a return to the Magpies if Remi Garde takes over at St James' Park.

Hatem Ben Arfa may no longer be allowed to move to Nice.

Reports from the BBC and other news outlets suggest FIFA have blocked Ben Arfa's proposed move to the Ligue 1 side as their rules state a player can only play official matches for a maximum of two clubs per season (in his case, Newcastle and Hull).

That would mean the winger can realistically only play football at St James' Park this season if the ruling stands (Hull surely wouldn't take him back).

And there is suggestion in the Chronicle that Ben Arfa could be offered a Newcastle return if Remi Garde takes over as Magpies boss, even though the same paper understands the club will not entertain a return.

The latter is a smart stance to take.

Although it would be romantic to imagine Ben Arfa returning to Tyneside and resurrecting his football career - as he would simply have no choice but to try hard - the likelihood would be another meaningless spell for the 27-year-old.

Hull took a chance on the skilful winger this term and it didn't work out well for the Tigers. Now, it appears Ben Arfa and his representatives haven't done their research when it comes to FIFA's block.

Why take a player back who was so desperate to leave Newcastle in the first place?

Hopefully, the matter should be put to bed soon, with no more talk of a Ben Arfa return. Newcastle have plenty to be getting on with, they don't need the Frenchman providing unnecessary distractions (yet again).

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