The France international spent five seasons on Tyneside before leaving in 2015.
The winger is a free agent after leaving Bordeaux during the summer and leading Tunisian club Esperance de Tunis has now held talks with the ex-Toon star about a two-year contract.
Ben Arfa, 34, was born in the Paris suburb Clamart - however his father Kamel is a former Tunisia international.
The winger has revealed he supported Esperance as a kid.
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