News today in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to get Demba Ba from West Ham on a free transfer.
Demba Ba - 7 goals in 13 West Ham appearances
It turns out that Demba Ba’s agent wasn’t daft when he had the player sign on for West Ham in January, after the player had failed a medical on his knee at Stoke City.
The Senegal striker’s contract stated that if West Ham were relegated he would be released from his contract and become a free agent.
So the player is now a free agent and will be attracting some interest from clubs, although that knee situation could become a problem.
The former 1899 Hoffenheim player, who was born in France, showed he can score goals in the top English league by hitting 7 goals in 13 appearances for the Hammers, so he could do a lot better in a better team – like Newcastle.
Newcastle are reported to be putting together a lucrative deal, to attract the 6’3″ striker to Newcastle – and he wants to stay in England, if at all possible.
We’re not sure of the validity of this report, but he has already been linked with Newcastle since the end of the season.
If Newcastle brought in two strikers this summer, one of which was Demba Ba – we wouldn’t be grumbling too much, as he’s a better striker than Newcastle have at the moment.
But his knee is a concern, and if Newcastle do indeed go after the player, they will give the 10 times capped Senegal striker a very through medical on Tyneside, and maybe even contact Stoke to ascertain what they found as a problem with the knee.
Sunderland (of course) are also interested in the player, although the Mirror report says Newcastle are more focused right now in getting the player.
From what we’ve seen of him, he looks a very good player in the Premier League, and certainly scored some good goals for West Ham this year, and if his knee is OK we think he would be a good signing for Newcastle.
There’s one or two ifs and buts there of course because of the knee.
What do you think of Demba Ba?