OUT-of-favour Sylvain Marveaux has left Newcastle United on loan – and Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez could follow him out of the club, writes Miles Starforth.
The midfielder has joined French club Guingamp on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move.
As Marveaux’s deal was being finalised, Hatem Ben Arfa was turning out for the club’s Under-21s against Queen of the South.
Ben Arfa has trained with United’s development squad since reporting back for pre-season.
And there is seemingly no way back at Newcastle for the 27-year-old, who denied claims of a rift with manager Alan Pardew and suggestions he was a disruptive influence in the dressing room late last season.
So far, however, there has been little interest in the players, bar Marveaux, that the club has been looking to move on.
Speaking last week, Pardew said: “There’s not too much activity on that side.”
As yet, Pardew – whose team beat Sydney FC 4-0 in New Zealand yesterday – has made no comment on Ben Arfa’s first-team exile.
Winger Gabriel Obertan, another player who is available for transfer this summer, was also involved in the behind-closed-doors game against Queen of the South at the club’s Benton training ground.
Long-serving Jonas Gutierrez, meanwhile, has not been seen on Tyneside since the start of pre-season training.
It is understood that Gutierrez – who spent the second half of last season on loan at Norwich City – has been told to find another club.
The 31-year-old has a year left on his St James’s Park deal.
However, Gutierrez – who has made 195 career appearances for Newcastle – is close to triggering a clause in his contract which would entitle him to a contract extension.
And he has almost certainly kicked his last ball for United, though the club has made no comment on his situation.
Meanwhile, Ben Arfa was on target against Queen of the South.
Teenage forward Callum Roberts, from North Shields, scored twice, and Gael Bigirimana was also on target for Peter Beardsley’s side.