Report: Ex-Newcastle misfit set for New York City talks

Hatem Ben Arfa is reportedly in talks with MLS side New York City FC.

Ben Arfa departed St James’ Park at the beginning of January, having spent the first half of this season on loan with Hull City.

After making just eight league appearances for Steve Bruce’s side, the French international winger left England, and signed on a free transfer with Ligue 1 side Nice. However, he terminated his deal with Nice just weeks after signing it, having been prevented from turning out for the club due to a FIFA ruling that prevents a player from playing for two different clubs in a year.

With no intention to retire from football, but no real ability to play in Europe, a report in L’Equipe has claimed that Manchester City’s offshoot club New York City FC are looking at signing Ben Arfa on a short term deal as a replacement for Frank Lampard.

Lampard, who will be playing with City in the Premier League until the end of this season will miss the start of the MLS season, and club chiefs are said to be keen on 27-year-old Ben Arfa - and have reportedly already opened talks with him regarding a switch to the USA.

It appears as if the player himself is favouring the move as a short term fix before returning to Europe next year, after the FIFA ban has been seen through until 2016.

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