Alan Pardew wants to secure deal to keep Frenchman at St James’ Park beyond the end of the season.
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Alan Pardew will make signing Hatem Ben Arfa his first priority this January, talkSPORT has learned.
The new Newcastle manager is desperate to win over the Toon fans incensed at the sacking of Chris Hughton and sees tying Ben Arfa down to a permanent deal the best way to get them onside.
French star Ben Arfa exploded on to the scene early in the season with a string of eye catching displays and a stunning winning goal at Everton.
But he broke his leg in a tackle with Manchester City hardman Nigel De Jong in September and has been ruled out for the season.
Marseille allowed the 23-year-old to go to St James’ Park on loan in the summer but Pardew will now press ahead with plans to make the move permanent in the New Year. (TalkSPORT)
It would be very wise for Newcatle United to secure winger Hatem Ben Arfa on a permanent deal as the Marseille man was most impressive in his first appearances for the Magpies before his season was cut short by a poor tackle from Nigel De Jong. Didier Deschamps will almost certainly accept any decent offer for the player but there may well be other sides interested in the French international.
Ben Arfa managed to rack up just three Premier League starts before his leg break in early October ended his season and a move to sign him permanently would cost in the region of £10m.
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