Report: Former Newcastle star set for surprise move to the Middle East

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Former Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa could be about to move to Al-Jazira, according to a report.

Former Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa could be about to make a surprising move to Al-Jazira, according to talkSPORT.

Ben Arfa has been searching for a club ever since Newcastle terminated his contract towards the back end of last year, but it would still be a surprise to see him plying his trade in the United Arab Emirates.

Although the Frenchman would be set to land a considerable pay rise if he does move to Al-Jazira, he would surely have the ability to represent a more reputed club at a higher level.

Ben Arfa was a fan-favourite at Newcastle, where his trickery and craft kept supporters on the edge of their seats during his time on Tyneside.

As a result, his departure from the club was a disappointment, with many Magpies supporters suggesting that he was a better option than most their current attacking options.

Ben Arfa's form of late, however, has been poor and his loan spell at Hull City earlier in the campaign showed just how far off the pace the 28-year-old currently is.

The former Marseille star was one of the most exciting players to watch in the entirety of the Premier League at one point, but he looks a shadow of his former self and his next move is one he seriously needs to think about. 

At his current age Ben Arfa should be at the peak of his career, and he will be looking to prove that Newcastle were wrong to let him leave when his future is finally sorted.

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