With both Liverpool and Arsenal on the pursuit of the Newcastle midfielder, how much is he worth?
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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Newcastle United pair Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy also got in on the act.
Newcastle United's reinforcements brought instant returns in the midweek win at Aston Villa, but they face a sterner test this weekend, with Chelsea bringing a familiar face to St James' Park.
With Pardew keen to accommodate Cisse and Ba as central strikers this season, a 4-4-2 system has been in place, with the result that Cabaye and Ben Arfa are stifled by defensive responsibility.