Ben Arfa scored on his full debut for Newcastle at Everton in September
Newcastle United have completed the signing of France international midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa from Marseille for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old has signed a deal to keep him at St James' Park until June 2015 following a promising loan spell.
"I am absolutely delighted to be signing for Newcastle United on a permanent basis," Ben Arfa told the club website.
"I thoroughly enjoyed playing for the team and for the supporters too."
The former Clairefontaine academy graduate added: "This is a great club and I am very happy to be committing my future to them."
Despite impressing with a goal on his full debut at Everton, Ben Arfa played only one further full match before breaking his leg in a challenge with Nigel De Jong during the Magpies' 2-1 defeat by Manchester City in October.
"I am getting back to fitness as quickly as I can and am really looking forward to getting back to St. James' Park, seeing the lads again and of course working with Alan Pardew and his staff," Ben Arfa continued.
"During my time out, I have been inundated with messages of support from fans and I want to repay them all with good performances on the pitch later this season."
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