Stoke closing in on Wollscheid loan deal, reveals Hughes


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Newcastle terminate Ben Arfa contract by mutual consent

The midfielder, who recently failed to live up to expectations while on loan at Hull City, mutually agreed to cut ties with the Premier League club ahead of a return to France


Hatem Ben Arfa’s contract with Newcastle United has been terminated by mutual consent, leaving the attacker free to complete a move to Nice.

The Ligue 1 side announced on Saturday that they had agreed a deal in principle to sign the 27-year-old, who recently had an unsuccessful stint on loan at Hull City.

Newcastle have now cleared the way for Ben Arfa to move on, five years after his arrival at St James’ Park from Olympique de Marseille.

A statement read: “Newcastle United can confirm that Hatem Ben Arfa and the club have reached an agreement to terminate the contract between both parties with immediate effect by mutual consent.

“Newcastle United wishes Hatem all the best for his future.”

Ben Arfa joined Newcastle on a season-long loan from Marseille in August 2010 before making the move permanent in the following transfer window.

The winger offered moments of brilliance during his time with Newcastle, but also came in for criticism over a perceived lack of application.

After falling out of favour under manager Alan Pardew, who moved to Crystal Palace earlier this week, Ben Arfa was offered a chance to resurrect his Premier League career with a temporary switch to Hull at the beginning of September.

However, he failed to impress Steve Bruce and was soon dropped, with the Hull boss telling BBC Radio Humberside: “Talent without hard work means you won’t live up to your potential.”

Nice are poised to complete the signing of Ben Arfa on Monday, subject to a successful medical.

Sneijder to stay at Galatasaray, says agent

The Dutchman has been linked with a move back to western Europe in the past few weeks, with Southampton and Juventus possible destinations, but he is said to be happy in Turkey


Wesley Sneijder looks set to stay at Galatasaray this January despite interest from the Premier League and Serie A.

Goal understands Southampton have kept an eye on the Netherlands playmaker, although coach Ronald Koeman has already admitted the club couldn’t afford his wages, while Manchester United have also been linked in the British press.

Juventus have also been made aware that the former Inter man would be open to a move back to Italy, but the Turin giants have prioritised the signing of Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri in January.

Sneijder’s agent, however, insists his client is happy in Turkey and that his club are in no mood to sell.

“The Galatasaray board told me that they won’t sell Sneijder,” Guido Albers told Bugun TV. “Wesley loves Galatasaray and the fans. Both he and his wife Yolanthe want to stay in Istanbul.

“If there is a club interested him, they have to negotiate with the Galatasaray board, not with me. Also, any club who wants him will have to pay the €20m (£15.6m) release clause in his contract. Not €5m (£4m), €10m (£8m) or €12m (£10m).”

Sneijder to stay at Galatasaray despite Premier League interest, says agent

The Dutchman has been linked with a move back to western Europe in the past few weeks, with Southampton and Juventus possible destinations, but he is said to be happy in Turkey


Wesley Sneijder looks set to stay at Galatasaray this January despite interest from the Premier League and Serie A.

Goal understands Southampton have kept an eye on the Netherlands playmaker, although coach Ronald Koeman has already admitted the club couldn’t afford his wages, while Manchester United have also been linked in the British press.

Juventus have also been made aware that the former Inter man would be open to a move back to Italy, but the Turin giants have prioritised the signing of Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri in January.

Sneijder’s agent, however, insists his client is happy in Turkey and that his club are in no mood to sell.

“The Galatasaray board told me that they won’t sell Sneijder,” Guido Albers told Bugun TV. “Wesley loves Galatasaray and the fans. Both he and his wife Yolanthe want to stay in Istanbul.

“If there is a club interested him, they have to negotiate with the Galatasaray board, not with me. Also, any club who wants him will have to pay the €20m (£15.6m) release clause in his contract. Not €5m (£4m), €10m (£8m) or €12m (£10m).”

Wigan reject Leicester City bid for Maloney

The Scotland international is set to leave the Latics in the January window although Malky Mackay’s side have shunned the Premier League club’s initial €957,000 offer


EXCLUSIVE
By Graeme Bailey

Wigan have rejected a €957,000 bid from Leicester City for Shaun Maloney, Goal understands.

The Scotland international has featured in 20 games this season for the relegation-threatened Latics and Malky Mackay’s side have set a price of €1.27 million for the player whom they signed from Celtic back in 2011.
 
Burnley and Sunderland are also keen on Maloney, who is out of contract at the end of the season, while former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is considering taking him to Everton.
 
It is Leicester who have made the first move, though, with Nigel Pearson looking to add to his attacking options as the Foxes attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Despite having turned down Leicester’s initial offer, Wigan are resigned to losing Maloney in the January window but are looking to secure the best deal possible for one of their key players.