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27th Dec, 2016 | 1:30pm

Newcastle fans call for return of 29-year-old star on Twitter

By Emma Sanders

Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to debate whether former playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa should be a January transfer window target for the Magpies after it emerged he may be available in a loan deal.

The 29-year-old is currently at Paris Saint-Germain but several reports are linking him with a possible loan move in January as the window approaches.

According to the Chronicle, several European reports including ESPN and L’Equipe have claimed Fenerbahce have shown an interest in the Frenchman.

Ben Arfa is still a fan favourite at St James’ Park and some fans have been clamouring for a return for their former midfielder.

Ben Arfa was with the Magpies between 2010 and 2015 and went on to make 78 league appearances, scoring 13 goals in the Premier League during five seasons.

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Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:

The Frenchman was criticised on a number of occasions for his attitude off the pitch and it was inevitably his downfall when he left the club in 2015 following a suspected fall-out with Alan Pardew.

It seems his poor reputation has followed him and some fans claim it would be a mistake to bring Ben Arfa into the dressing room while Benitez is in charge.

However, he could be just the player Newcastle need to provide a spark and give them the edge they need to secure promotion out of the Championship and back into the English top flight.

In other Newcastle news, Mick Quinn has delivered this damning verdict on the Magpies.