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Hull City boss Steve Bruce has expressed his surprise at being able to land Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa on loan until the end of the season.
– Steve Bruce
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. With a bit of patience and luck, 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 in the last couple of months, he'll bring that little bit of flair and creativity that every team needs.
Jack Colback, one of four new faces in the England squad, will not be making his senior debut on Wednesday after picking up an injury while playing for Newcastle at the weekend.
Hodgson confirmed Colback's absence from Wednesday night's match, saying: "He's been having treatment since we got together on the Sunday but unfortunately it's still going to be a day too soon for him.
"Hopefully he'll recover by Thursday so when we go to St George's Park he'll train but unfortunately he's out of the game for tomorrow, but he's the only one."
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French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has sealed a season-long loan move to Roma from Newcastle, the Italian club have announced.
Yanga-Mbiwa arrived at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on Monday to undergo a medical and finalise the deal.
"An agreement has been signed with Newcastle United to acquire the player Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on a temporary basis, until June 30, 2015, for a payment of £1million," a statement on Roma's website confirmed on Monday evening.
"The agreement also includes the option to buy the player outright, from the 2015/2016 season, for a total value of £5.5million."