Hatem Ben Arfa had played in the Premier League since an original loan from Marseille to Newcastle in August 2010. Nigel Roddis / Reuters
Hatem Ben Arfa had played in the Premier League since an original loan from Marseille to Newcastle in August 2010. Nigel Roddis / Reuters

Transfer talk: Nice say they have deal with Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa

Associated Press

Ligue 1 club Nice say they have reached a deal to sign Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

Nice said on Saturday that Ben Arfa has agreed to a move “in principle” and will have a medical in the Mediterranean city on Monday.

Ben Arfa, a member of the so-called “Generation 87” – a group of promising players born in 1987 that included Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Jeremy Menez – fell out with former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and spent the last months of his English spell on loan at Hull City.

Ben Arfa has scored 2 goals in 13 matches for France but has not played with the national team in more than two years.

Ben Arfa also played for Lyon and Marseille before joining Newcastle in 2010. This season he has appeared in eight Premier League matches and one League Cup fixture with Hull.

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Iran's dirty tricks to dodge sanctions

There’s increased scrutiny on the tricks being used to keep commodities flowing to and from blacklisted countries. Here’s a description of how some work.

1 Going Dark

A common method to transport Iranian oil with stealth is to turn off the Automatic Identification System, an electronic device that pinpoints a ship’s location. Known as going dark, a vessel flicks the switch before berthing and typically reappears days later, masking the location of its load or discharge port.

2. Ship-to-Ship Transfers

A first vessel will take its clandestine cargo away from the country in question before transferring it to a waiting ship, all of this happening out of sight. The vessels will then sail in different directions. For about a third of Iranian exports, more than one tanker typically handles a load before it’s delivered to its final destination, analysts say.

3. Fake Destinations

Signaling the wrong destination to load or unload is another technique. Ships that intend to take cargo from Iran may indicate their loading ports in sanction-free places like Iraq. Ships can keep changing their destinations and end up not berthing at any of them.

4. Rebranded Barrels

Iranian barrels can also be rebranded as oil from a nation free from sanctions such as Iraq. The countries share fields along their border and the crude has similar characteristics. Oil from these deposits can be trucked out to another port and documents forged to hide Iran as the origin.

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