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NUFC Transfer News: Hatem Ben Arfa, Robbie Keane

In arguably the longest most protracted transfer deal of the summer, Newcastle United finally wrapped up the transfer of Hatem Ben Arfa, with the French attacking midfielder joining Newcastle on a season long loan.

The name of Robbie Keane though has just emerged over the past few days, with the striker being continually linked with a transfer to NUFC. A front-two of Andy Carroll and Robbie Keane is a decent enough striking partnership to do some damage in the Premier League, and whether Keane and Spurs would opt for a loan deal is yet to be seen.

Some sources are mentioning that Keane would favour a move to Newcastle because he’s likely to get more first-team football than other choices available. A permanent move is definitely not out of the picture – figures of between £5.5 mln – £6 mln have been mentioned as the fee Spurs would accept, what Newcastle would have to pay.

Keane would definitely add some guile and spark to Newcastle’s attacking play, and if the Irishman were to sign then it will have been a successful transfer market foray for Chris Hughton.

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