Hatem Ben Arfa lined up for a move to Ukrainian side Dnipro

The Journal understands Dnipro have made an enquiry about Hatem Ben Arfa and a deal could be concluded soon if all parties can agree terms

Scott Heavey/Getty Images Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United
Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United

Hatem Ben Arfa's Newcastle United nightmare may be about to be ended by a move to Ukrainian side Dnipro.

The Journal understands Dnipro have made an enquiry about the Frenchman and a deal could be concluded soon if all parties can agree terms.

Ben Arfa’s name was once again absent from last night’s friendly match at Sheffield Wednesday, where Alan Pardew fielded a young side with only a smattering of more familiar faces.

And while the 27-year-old remains a big favourite with many Newcastle fans, it has been clear for weeks now that his time at the club was over.

The only stumbling block to him being shipped out before now has been a lack of apparent interest in the French international, although in recent days AC Milan were linked to him.

Newcastle may also have to drop their asking price, although they would not sell him on the cheap.

Dnipro, second in their domestic league last season, seem willing to take a chance on a player whose weight and attitude have come under question in recent times. Ben Arfa’s name was chanted by the Newcastle fans last night, but there is no way back for him.

Whether he would fancy a move to Ukrainian football is another matter. But he does need a change to save his career,

There is money to be made in that country, which right now is associated with tragedy by all Newcastle fans, and not every Western player has been able to settle in what can be a difficult environment.

Newcastle could use any money raise by selling Ben Arfa to finance a move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

The 23-year-old would cost close to €20 million, which would be a record for the Mike Ashley era.

And while the owner is now known for spending so much on just one player, there are funds available and if Ben Arfa did leave then that would

According to reports in Italy, new Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi is looking to bring in a left-footed attacker and has identified Ben Arfa as a possible target.

Ben Arfa been left out of the Newcastle side that is on tour in New Zealand and is currently training with the reserves.

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