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CHN Links: Wednesday Edition

Good morning, Toon Army. Good news about Hatem ben Arfa after the jump.

Nigel de Jong - sure to get an earful on Boxing Day
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Hatem ben Arfa's recovery has been progressing faster than normal and he is now targeted to return in early February. Awesome. (Mark Douglas, The Journal)

Alan Pardew's second (or is it third?) choice for an assistant, Malky Mackay, has said no. No word on who the next target will be. (The Guardian)

Contrary to previous reports, Alan Pardew is not interested in selling Andy Carroll or Joey Barton. (Paul Wilson, The Northern Echo)

Jonas Gutierrez has high hopes for the Alan Pardew era. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

After speaking with Alan Pardew, Steven Taylor is excited about finishing the year with the club, giving hope to those who wish to see his contract dispute resolved. (Simon Bird, MirrorFootball)