Newcastle boss Pardew never doubted signing Ben Arfa

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew never had any doubts about Hatem Ben Arfa.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew never had any doubts about Hatem Ben Arfa.

Pardew pushed through a permanent deal despite the midfielder being months away from a return and having seen him only second-hand, with his performance and winning goal at Everton a particular highlight of the manager's research.

Asked what had prompted his decision, he said: "It was the tape of the Everton game and the goal.

"The little history I did about him in France was enough to convince me that he had massive talent.

"It was just a question of whether I could work with him and get into his head, and I felt I could do that with the experience I'd had of Yossi Benayoun, Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano, Teddy Sheringham, and fortunately it seems to have worked out."

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