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Agent admits Newcastle's Ben Arfa will move in January

The agent of Hatem Ben Arfa admits his client is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull. The 27-year-old former Marseille player appears set for a new year transfer after Newcastle boss Alan Pardew declared he did not want to take Ben Arfa back from his loan spell at Hull, where boss Steve Bruce has written him out of his plans.

Michel Ouzaine told 20minutes.fr: "There are a lot of clubs interested in him, despite everything that has been said.

"He will have a new club in January, that won't be a problem, don't you worry."

Film-maker Bruno Sevaistre, who produced a documentary series from 1999 to 2002 that featured the daily lives of Ben Arfa and a host of other young players at France's Clairefontaine football headquarters, has been given access to the footballer's life away from the pitch.

Sevaistre added: "I feel a little responsible for all the media exposure around Hatem and the consequence this has had on his career.

"This film, or this series - it hasn't been decided yet - is a way to redress the balance.

"We don't always see the best of Hatem. I filmed him crying with those close to him, but he is a boy who is the total opposite to his reputation. He is sensitive, serious, fragile. People don't have any idea of the obstacles he has had to overcome in his career."

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