Newcastle United are planning on offering Moussa Sissoko an improved deal, to fend off any speculation about his future at St. James' Park, according to a report on Goal.com.
Sissoko is reportedly of interest to Arsenal, but the Magpies are determined not to lose one of their key players and are hoping he will commit to the club in the long-term.
Although the French international still has four years left on his current deal on Tyneside, Alan Pardew believes that a pay-rise will help keep him at the club for longer.
It is evidence of how important Sissoko has become for the side in recent times, with Newcastle adamant they will not accept any offer unless it is hugely inflated.
Sissoko's role in the side, as a battering-ram yet creative midfielder, is one of the most crucial in their current counter attacking system and Pardew feels that he is a player who can offer a lot to the club for the long-term.
The 25-year-old has scored two goals in all competitions this season, but it is his tireless energy which has been the most eye-catching feature of his game.
Sissoko said last week that he was playing the best football of his career and he will feel that a new deal will be reward for that, if he is handed one.
The former Toulouse man has been one of the major reasons behind Pardew's side's up-turn in form in recent weeks and he will be hoping to sustain his high level of performance.
Sissoko offers Newcastle a lot in both an offensive and defensive sense, with his stats in a number of areas notably good.
He is a persistent dribbler, taking on opponents twice a game and he has proven to be a threat when in good positions, too.
Sissoko takes one shot per game, on average, and also creates a good chance for his teammates every match.
Defensively, too, he is pro-active - making a decent number of interceptions and tackles.
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Newcastle are searching for a place in the top-six, to provide them with European football next campaign, and that would be another factor which would be likely to help convince Sissoko to stay in the North East for the long-term.