HATEM Ben Arfa’s move to Nice has been delayed, according to reports in his native France.
The forward – whose contract at Newcastle United was cancelled at the start of the month – signed an 18-month deal with Nice last week.
However, France Football are reporting that his debut for the club has been delayed, with Ben Arfa already having played for two sides this season – Hull City, on loan, and Newcastle’s development side.
As players are only allowed to play for two clubs in a season, French football’s governing body has not yet given Ben Arfa the green light to make his Nice debut.
It remains to be seen whether the 27-year-old’s appearances for Newcastle’s Under-21s will scupper his chances of playing for his new team this season.