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Bordeaux snap up Hatem Ben Arfa on a free transfer

Bordeaux were the only Ligue 1 club not to make a signing during the French transfer window.

And that has now changed, with veteran Hatem Ben Arfa joining the club on a free transfer.

Ben Arfa, 33, has been without a team since leaving Real Valladolid in Spain, where he appeared only five times.

The 15-time French international has signed a one-year deal with the option of a second season for a salary of less than €100,000.

Bordeaux head coach Jean Louis Gasset made his feelings about Ben Arfa clear on September 27.

“Hatem Ben Arfa is a creator, a genius of football,” said Gasset. “If it’s possible [to sign him]… but frankly I don’t know.”

Now Gasset will get the chance to work with Ben Arfa, who will join his sixth Ligue 1 club.

Ben Arfa has also played for Lyon, Marseille, Nice, PSG and Rennes. He is also well known for his spell in England with Newcastle from 2011 until 2015.



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