Birmingham City boss Lee Clark has admitted interest in Newcastle United outcast Hatem Ben Arfa.

Speaking after his side's 3-0 loss at Wigan he indicated that talks would be conducted between the clubs in private.

Clark said: "We will see. We will see if anything comes up that is different to what we have got. You never know.

"It goes a bit crazy in the next 24, 48 hours and something might drop that could be of interest to us."

Ben Arfa was in the stands for Newcastle's 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.

Clark said: "He's obviously a Newcastle United player and there's a situation up there with him not being in the team.

"But I don't want to talk about any other teams' players. If anything was to happen we will let you know."

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