Bruce surprised he got Ben Arfa on loan

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has expressed surprise at being able to land Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa on loan until the end of the season.

Bruce surprised he got Ben Arfa on loan

Ben Arfa was one of four deadline day signings by the Tigers along with record signing Abel Hernandez, Gaston Ramirez and Mohamed Diame.

His departure has caused some consternation on Tyneside with former Magpie Olivier Bernard describing the club’s decision as “a big gamble”.

Bruce had been watching Ben Arfa since he fell out of favour at St James’ Park but with plenty of other interest he was not convinced a short-term deal would be possible.

Bruce said: “I’ve been monitoring Ben Arfa for a couple of weeks and we quietly made it happen. I didn’t think it would be possible to do a loan deal, but the later it got the more beneficial it became. We’ve managed to pull in a really good player.

“We all know he is a wonderful talent and although it has gone a little bit sideways for him at Newcastle, he’ll bring that little bit of flair and creativity every team needs.”

Ben Arfa’s compatriot Bernard said: “It’s a big statement from Alan Pardew he does not believe in Hatem. The only problem it seems he is the only one who doesn’t. The big issue is Newcastle won’t look very good if he starts to perform the way Hatem can in a Hull shirt.”

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