Former Newcastle flop Hatem Ben Arfa wanted by Barcelona – reports

Former Newcastle flop Hatem Ben Arfa is a shock target for Barcelona, according to reports in France.

The attacking midfielder had his contract terminated at St. James’ Park in January 2015 after being deemed surplus to requirements.

However, the 29-year-old has been reborn at Nice, bagging 18 goals for the French side this season.

Ben Arfa’s contract expires in the summer and the fact he can leave on a free has sparked interest from several clubs.

Indeed, according to L’Equipe, Barcelona are readying a shock swoop for the Frenchman.

The Spanish champions scouted the playmaker earlier this season and have been convinced he would be a decent addition.

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