Hull City manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he “has no idea” where on-loan Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is, as he seeks to cut short his six-month loan.

The Frenchman has burned yet more bridges since sealing a temporary deal to the KC Stadium on the final day of the summer transfer window and is believed to be in France after falling out with Bruce at Hull.

It is all too familiar a story for those that know anything about Ben Arfa, who has exited every club he’s ever been at in less than amicable situations.

Ben Arfa’s first professional club, Lyon, sold him to arch rivals Marseille after a bust up with Sebastien Squillaci and two years later, the winger forced a move to Newcastle after refusing to return to training with the Ligue 1 giants.

Two more bust-ups later and Ben Arfa is now practically without a club, as Hull try and cut short the loan that seen him move down the coast in the final hours of the transfer window.

If he returns to Newcastle he will be made to train with the reserves for the rest of the season, unless he can find another temporary club in the January window.

Ben Arfa’s contract is up in the summer and he will be allowed to leave St James’ Park for free, or for a nominal fee in the New Year if anyone takes the gamble of signing him permanently.

However, with his track record of discipline issues, it is hard to fathom who would want to take a gamble on such an enigma.