25 year-old Demba Ba, who has been plying his trade at West Ham United since January, could interest Newcastle if West Ham are relegated, which appears likely at the moment.
Demba Ba – in action against Manchester United
The fee West Ham paid German club 1899 Hoffenheim for the player was undisclosed, but it is thought to be based on the number of appearances he makes for the east London club.
That’s probably because The Senegal International (10 caps, 3 goals), who stands just short of 6’3″ tall, failed a medical at Stole City in January, before he was signed by the Hammers.
He completed his move to West Ham on 28th January, and signed a three-year deal.
When the player was signed by 1899 Hoffenheim from Belgium club Mouscron in 2007, he cost £2.5M, so we;re not sure how much he would cost in the summer.
We thought West Ham would escape the drop this season, but they’ve looked very poor in their last 7 games, and they’re at least 3 points from safely with just 2 games to play.
Following two successive home wins against Liverpool and Stoke City, the Hammers have slumped badly with just 2 points from their last 7 games, so things do not look good for West Ham supporters at the moment.
They have a game away at Wigan and a home game against Sunderland, so we can see them get 3 points against the Black Cats (of course), but the Wigan game this weekend will be crucial to their survival – we don’t think they will stay up – and feel really sorry for the West Ham fans.
If West Ham do go down the cost to new co owners, David Sullivan and David Gold is said today to be around £40M, but there again you cannot accuse them of doing a good job since they took over the club in January of 2010.
And of course West Ham will have to let go a number of their better players move on – in a fire sale.
Demba Ba may be one player who could interest Newcastle, but the question is – can he pass his medical at Newcastle, if the Magpies do manage to do a deal for the Senegal International?
In 11 appearances for West Ham the player has scored 5 goals this year, and by our reckoning in 145 club games he has scored 72 goals so far in his career.
What do you think of this striker?