Friday, January 22, 2010

Everton after Ben Arfa

Football Europe understands Everton are pressing hard to try and seal a deal for French star Hatem Ben Arfa.
The one-time darling of Ligue 1 has long-since been heralded as a potential successor to Zinedine Zidane.

He impressed hugely after making the initial breakthrough at Lyon, but after a series of falling outs he shunned a number of European clubs to join Marseille in 2008.

However, trouble has followed him to the South of France and he has fallen out with coach Didier Deschamps.

A host of clubs have been linked with a move, but Everton are now trying to seal a loan deal - with an option for a permanent transfer.

Everton officials were understood to be present in Marseille on Wednesday evening, as the home side sealed a 2-1 win over Le Mans.

It is believed that the Toffees held talks with Marseille with the hope of sealing a loan move.
After the match Ben Arfa was asked about Everton's presence at the Stade Velodrome.

When told of their interest by radio station RMC he said: "Really?
"Still, I am at Marseille. If they want to look at me, they look at me - that is their job."

It remains to be seen whether Everton can strike a deal with Marseille, and also if they can persuade Ben Arfa to move to Goodison Park.


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