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Newcastle boss Hughton already thinking of Ben Arfa deal

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton is already thinking of signing permanently Hatem Ben Arfa.

The Marseille winger is in Toon until the end of the season.

And Hughton said: "We have a loan with an option to sign him.

"We had a lot of competition to get him but the lad was desperate to join us, which is why we pushed so hard for him.

"He had a very good full debut. We brought him here because we don't have many options on the left. He was a big part of good team performance. Goodison isn't always the best place to come after a home defeat but we were excellent from first to last."

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