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Football transfer rumours: Hatem Ben Arfa to West Ham or Leicester?

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The likelihood of Hatem Ben Arfa bringing his rare combination of sensational skills and remarkable substitutes’-bench-based-looks-of-smouldering-discontent back to the Premier League increases with every passing day, with the Frenchman not so much in the cold at Paris Saint-Germain as padlocked into a cryogenic chamber situated within an industrial freezer built upon the Arctic tundra in winter time. He has not been glimpsed in a football kit since his run-out against third division Avranches in the French Cup back in April and has since been – in the words of his lawyer Jean-Jacques Bertrand – “left out brutally and in a disrespectful manner” even though he “has matured a lot”, “never complains” and has a “fundamental love for the club”. It looks very much like he will be given the opportunity to develop a fundamental love for a different club in January, either on loan or on a free transfer, and according to the Mail Leicester are “considering a move” and West Ham “have been sounded out”.

Now then. David de Gea and Real Madrid. Will they not just get on with it? The two of them are the Ross and Rachel of the footballing world: we all know they’re going to end up together and there’s only so long that we can feign interest in the will-they-won’t-they drama that is being wrung out of their interminable courtship. But it could be nearly over and Diario Gol says that “everything points to this year”. That is, this footballing year, rather than this calendar year: the deal for the Manchester United goalkeeper will wait until the end of Spain’s involvement in the World Cup. “It will happen next summer, or at least that is what sources close to the club say,” it reports.

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