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Newcastle want Hatem Ben Arfa to sign a new contract - to keep him away from Liverpool's clutches.
Toon boss Alan Pardew has been sounded out by Kop chief Brendan Rodgers about his French star, but does not want to do business.
Now Ben Arfa, who is coming back from a lengthy injury lay-off, is due to sort out new terms to bump up his salary and tie him down for his peak years.
The 25-year-old has been a stand-out for the Geordies when fit and his problems this season have come at the same time as the club's slide down the table.
Pardew wants to keep Ben Arfa sweet after signing so many of his fellow countrymen, some on big pay days, so an extension is on the cards.
Rodgers has been looking at the midfielder as an Anfield target but the fee would be a problem.
And with so many similar players in his squad it would be a luxury capture.
Source: Daily Mirror
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