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New boss would also like to keep loan star Hatem Ben Arfa

Newly appointed Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has warned off any clubs hoping to make a move for Joey Barton in the January transfer window.

It had been claimed last week that West Ham United were keen to add the tenacious midfielder to their side in a bid to stay afloat in the Premier League.

Newcastle are thought to have rejected the Hammers’ opening bid and Pardew is keen to stress that he wants to keep his influential player.

"He is a big part of my plans. I am going to speak to Joey because there is no doubt this season has been a real turnaround for him," he told Sky Sports.

"He still has that hot streak he showed the other day, but his performances have been excellent. He has been one of the top three players of the season."

Instead of losing players in the transfer window Pardew plans to strengthen his team in January and has already spoken with chief scout Graham Carr about transfer targets.

"I've had a brief meeting about potential targets and positions with Graham Carr," he added.

"I still need to assess the group here. It would be unfair not to. But the window is an opportunity and you have to keep an eye on it."

Pardew has also revealed that he plans to hold talks with on-loan winger Hatem Ben Arfa about making his move permanent with the winger currently injured with a broken leg.

"He's [Ben Arfa] in my thinking - strongly," added Pardew.

"I am going to speak to Derek [Llambias] about that and see if we can resolve it some way."

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