London: Newcastle United announced on Sunday that they have released French winger Hatem Ben Arfa from his contract, paving the way for him to complete his move to Nice.
The Ligue 1 side said on Saturday that they have agreed a deal with the 27-year-old, who returned to Newcastle after failing to make an impact during a loan spell at Hull City earlier this season.
The France international winger, who joined Newcastle from Marseille in 2010, is due to undergo a medical examination with Nice on Monday, with sources reporting that he will sign an 18-month contract.
"Newcastle United can today (Sunday) confirm that Hatem Ben Arfa and the club have reached an agreement to terminate the contract between both parties with immediate effect by mutual consent," Newcastle said in a statement. "Newcastle United wishes Hatem all the best for his future."