Hatem Ben Arfa Set For Stunning Premier League Return

It's hard to believe that Hatem Ben Arfa is now 31-years-old. It seems not too long ago that the Frenchman was playing at St James' Park for Newcastle United, scoring breathtaking goals with a huge future to look forward to.

But, now in his thirties, Ben Arfa's career hasn't quite matched what his talent seemed to suggest. His attitude has been criticised at times, as has his lack of effort in training, plus his general ambition.

His last side was Paris Saint-Germain, the French giants playing him for just 23 games - of which he didn't score a goal - before his contract expired and he left the club.

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Currently a free agent, Ben Arfa is now linked with a sensational return to the Premier League with West Ham, a club spending big bucks on the transfer market this summer.

According to Foot365, the new boss of the Hammers, Manuel Pellegrini, is a huge admirer of Ben Arfa and would like to bring him to the London Stadium, as the Irons hope to build on what was a pretty poor campaign last season.

The reaction has been mixed for far:

Under David Moyes, who was appointed in November, West Ham's stadium troubles seeped over to the pitch and the performances did not match the talent they had in the squad. They finished 13th in the league, but no supporter would say that it was an easy ride. They more than flirted with relegation at points.

Can Ben Arfa make a difference to West Ham? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a journalist and sports writer at SPORTbible. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. He is a football, snooker, and basketball enthusiast and has been published in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Set Pieces, Planet Football and the Morning Star. He’s the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost.

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