Newcastle release Hatem Ben Arfa ahead of his move to Nice

Nice said Saturday they reached a deal in principle with the 27-year-old Ben Arfa, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Hull.

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NEWCASTLE, England (AP) Premier League club Newcastle released French forward Hatem Ben Arfa ahead of his move to Nice.

Nice said Saturday that they have reached a deal in principle with the 27-year-old Ben Arfa, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Hull.

Ben Arfa is scheduled to have a medical at Nice on Monday and will make the move as a free agent.

Ben Arfa joined Newcastle from Marseille in 2010, initially on loan before signing permanently.