The attacking midfielder has been in stunning form this season after leaving St James’ Park for Nice in the summer.
The 28-year-old has seven Ligue 1 goals to his name already and earned a recall to the France squad last month.
Ben Arfa’s performances have, according to L’Equipe, attracted interest from Dortmund and they are trying to lure him to the Bundesliga.
The German side will be on the hunt for attacking reinforcements during the January transfer window and see the former Hull forward as an ideal addition.
Nice, however, are keen to keep hold of Ben Arfa and will reject any bids.