Hatem Ben Arfa and Javier Mascherano could have an interesting discussion at Barcelona about Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

Former West Ham and Newcastle United stars couldl have an unusual common career path.

In surprising but not unfathomable news last week, it emerged that Hatem Ben Arfa is a summer transfer target for Barcelona.

Ben Arfa's talent has never been in question, simply his application, and his 18 goals for Ligue 1 side Nice this season shows what he is capable of.

The Mail report a move to Barcelona is very much on, giving the Frenchman the world stage he has always craved.

At Barcelona, Ben Arfa could find a player he has something strange in common with... Javier Mascherano.

Mascherano and Ben Arfa have both, to coin a phrase, been 'Pardewed'.

Ben Arfa worked under Alan Pardew at Newcastle, where he briefly dazzled under his management, scoring a handful of outstanding solo goals.

His success at St James' Park was not sustained, with Pardew questioning his commitment, and sending him to train with the under-21s.

He was eventually released from his contract mid-season, and his subsequent success at Nice and potential move to Barcelona asks questions not just of Ben Arfa, but Pardew's management of him.

Javier Mascherano has his own experience of being overlooked by Alan Pardew. He signed for West Ham in 2006 along with Carlos Tevez, and while the striker eventually came good, Mascherano was sidelined for much of his time at Upton Park, with Hayden Mullins preferred.

Mascherano went onto sign for Liverpool and later Barcelona, where he has won the Champions League twice as well as multiple La Liga titles.

Ben Arfa and Mascherano may not know each other too well, but if the Frenchman does sign at the Camp Nou, then the pair could have an interesting conversation about their experiences under Alan Pardew as they seek to bond.

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