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Hatem Ben Arfa completes transfer to Nice after ineligible ruling

Hatem Ben Arfa made eight Premier League appearances for Hull.

Nice have completed the capture of Hatem Ben Arfa six months after initially trying to sign the former Newcastle United midfielder.

Ben Arfa, 28, had hoped to join Nice last January and trained with the Ligue 1 outfit only for the move to fall through as the France international was adjudged to have fallen foul of a FIFA ruling that bans players from featuring for three clubs in the same season.

Ben Arfa had already played for two clubs in the 2014-15 campaign following a reserve team outing for Newcastle and his loan spell at Hull City.

However, following the opening of France's summer transfer window at midnight on Tuesday, Ben Arfa has finally put pen to paper, signing a contract of undisclosed length.

"It's a gamble for us as it is for him," Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere told RMC. "We're not expecting him to be the messiah, but rather an element who is going to fit into our squad.

"After a period without playing, it'll be difficult for him. But he has talent to burn, and we're going to do all we can to enable him to express himself here."

Ben Arfa had been linked to a move to MLS to bridge the six-month gap between European transfer windows, but the ex-Lyon and Marseille man has instead merely waited out the period.


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