Ben Arfa mulling Marseille exit

Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa wants to quit the club in search of regular first-team football, according to reports in France.

The former Lyon left-winger, despite reported interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid, opted to remain in France by joining Marseille in summer 2008.

However, the French international has struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Stade Velodrome.

The 22-year-old has started just one Ligue 1 game for Marseille so far this season, featuring several times as a substitute under new coach Didier Deschamps.

And with next summer's World Cup in South Africa on the horizon, Ben Arfa is believed to be ready to depart for pastures new in January, should his services not be used sufficiently between now and the New Year.

The news will, in all likelihood, alert both Arsenal and United, while Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea - pending their appeal against a transfer ban - are also reportedly admirers of the wide-man.