It appeared that Werder Bremen were close to sealing a deal for the Frenchman yesterday, which has been denied by them today. Just another rumour then.
At the end of the day it would appear that Newcastle still have a chance of signing the player, although heaven knows just what is going on right now. Your guess is as good as mine, but until anything is confirmed by Newcastle, or one of the other 20,000 clubs that Marseille have hawked the player around, everything is just a rumour.
It’s been both interesting and disturbing to watch people posting, particularly what they post, and how the attitude can change after reading one piece of, usually, unfounded rumour. People can go from extreme optimism and from trying to fit a player into the team, to spitting the dummy out and slagging off the club within minutes of reading one of those factless, foundless articles.
I’m not sure where I stand on rumours to be honest. In fairness, it would be pretty boring if we didn’t have them to talk about, whilst on the flipside we must all collectively realise that not every rumour has any foundation behind it, in fact most of them have no foundation behind them at all.
Still, speculation is fun, and we aren’t the only set of fans that is eagerly awaiting the next link to the latest player. In fairness I think a lot of it is to do with the desperation for a couple of new faces on Tyneside, which is part of the reason why rumours tend to be jumped on.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t speculate, but there does need to be a bit of care taken with these rumours. If the press are to be believed then we would have a sqaud of about 100 or so players by now, Andy Carroll would be pairing up with Didier Drogba at Chelsea and Steven Taylor would be at Liverpool.
To me, the Ben Arfa rumour is just about the most credible one out there. There are far too many bits of information, quotes, and pictures of the player at Newcastle airport to suggest that there is more to this than just newspaper speculation.
Even that saga appears to have cooled now mind. We are fast approaching the end of the 48-hour period in which the Marseille president said it would all be sorted. It needs to be sorted, and quickly, so we can all move on, with or without Ben Arfa in our ranks.
Rumours. Love them or hate them, but I bet you wouldn’t be without them!