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Why a 'significant pay rise' is so essential to Newcastle United

There are reports that Hatem Ben Arfa may be given a new contract after attracting interest from rival clubs.

Newcastle United seem prepared to offer Hatem Ben Arfa a significant pay rise to keep hold of their playmaker, reports have indicated in the press today.

Given Newcastle had such a poor transfer window with only the solitary loan signing of Loic Remy from QPR to show for their efforts in the market, it is essential Newcastle get Ben Arfa to sign a new contract because they can’t really afford to let one of their best players leave the club on the cheap, and leave a massive hole in the squad in the process

Ever since his signing from Marseille, Ben Arfa has been one of the most exciting players to play in the black and white stripes. His close control, pace and his ability to finish have all been showcased during his time to the club. All of that was on display against Fulham, including popping up at the vital time for his side.

His impressive displays have reportedly caught the eye of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, which is one of the reasons they must get him to sign a new contract, because if he does go then they will at least get a decent amount of money for the Frenchman.

Also, Newcastle keeping players of Ben Arfa’s ilk is massive in attracting future players of the club. If they want to attract a better quality of player then players like Ben Arfa still on the books are going to be more of a draw to Newcastle.

They managed to keep hold of Yohan Cabaye in the last transfer window despite the interest from Arsenal, and the player having his ‘head turned’ according to manager Alan Pardew, which was one of the better pieces of news from the fans perspective at St James’ Park this summer.

Like with Cabaye, they must take a firm stance and make sure that Ben Arfa is signed up to a long-term contract and to their utmost to keep hold of him, otherwise what message will it send out to the rest of the league, their supporters and the rest of the playing squad if they don’t? Not a positive one, that’s for sure.

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