Marseille star set to join Newcastle

Marseille president Jean-Calude Dassier has confirmed that they have agreed on a deal with Newcastle for Ben Arfa.

“He will travel to Newcastle tomorrow,” said Dassier. “They have offered to raise the price for the option-to-buy if Hatem plays 25 matches and also pay the five per cent of the cost to Fifa.

“We will respond. After that it’s up to Hatem to agree a deal.

“We have to finish this story as soon as possible.”