He was something of a mixed bag of a player during his time on Tyneside, but Jurgen Klopp has seen enough from Hatem Ben Arfa this season to be convinced he would be a good addition to his Liverpool squad, according to a report from the Sun.
Ben Arfa spent four-and-a-half years at Newcastle United after signing initially on loan in August 2010, but his time at St. James' Park was peppered with injury and fitness troubles and patchy form.
After initially becoming a popular figure following his return from long-term injury in late 2011 for his ability to dictate play on his day and score spectacular goals, his career with the Magpies petered out and he was released after a brief unsuccessful loan spell at Hull City.
However, since returning to France with Nice in January 2015 he has blossomed once more and has re-established himself as one of the top talents in French football, scoring 16 goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances from the wing.
That appears to have been enough to convince Klopp that he would be a quality signing in his first summer transfer window as Liverpool manager.
Liverpool have plenty of attacking quality to play off their main striker, with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Adam Lallana amongst those who can play in the attacking midfield positions, and talented youngsters such as Jordon Ibe and Sheyi Ojo beginning to have more of a say in the first team.
However, if he were able to replicate the form he has show in France this term, he would seem to have the ability, even at 29 years old, to be a strong addition for the club in the summer, despite his mixed fortunes at Newcastle.