By Graeme Bailey
Besiktas have made a move for Hatem Ben Arfa as he looks to end his Newcastle nightmare, Goal understands.
The French playmaker has not started a competitive game for the club since being replaced at half-time in the 4-0 defeat to Southampton on March 29 and has been frozen out of the first team squad this season by Alan Pardew.
The 27-year-old was a firm fan favourite after moving to St James' Park from Marseille in 2010 but Pardew has decided that the playmaker is now surplus to requirements.
Ben Arfa has rebuffed interest from clubs in the Middle East this summer and Turkish club Besiktas have now opened talks to take the forward to Istanbul.
The Frenchman's former Newcastle team-mate, Demba Ba, who left Chelsea for Besiktas in an €10 million deal this summer, is understood to have recommended him to coach Slaven Bilic.
Besiktas are now hopeful that they can complete a deal to sign Ben Arfa as they look to mount a title challenge this season following their elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Arsenal.