Everton boss admits he wants winger as Ben Arfa linked with move

OUTCAST ... Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa.
OUTCAST ... Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa.

NEWCASTLE United outcast Hatem Ben Arfa has been linked with a move to Everton.

The Frenchman is out of favour at Newcastle United after manager Alan Pardew expressed doubts about his professionalism.

Ben Arfa has been forced to train away from the first team this summer, and has only figured in two pre-season friendlies for the club’s Under-21s.

And he has been linked with a move to Everton after Toffees manager Roberto Martinez admitted he wants to sign a winger before the transfer window shuts.

“It’s only one position (we need),” Martinez said. “We want to take as long as we can to see how quickly we can get the injured players back to being available for the first-team.

“Probably another body would help for the September month when we have three competitions to fight for, and we’ll carry on working hard on that.

“Wide player is the position we want to bring in but in terms of names, it is too early to mention to our fans.”

Ben Arfa has also been linked with a return to his former club Lyon.