Newcastle To Offer Contract To Senegal Striker?


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?

Comments welcome.



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157 comments so far

  • bostonmagpie

    May 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    would take him for free in a shot! just hope we’re not gonna be let down!

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  • elpaso_geordie

    May 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Dont know if its been mentioned but on Danny simpsons twitter to Guiseppe Rossi he says ” see you in Newcastle in July” ……. cant see it but just maybe ……….

    Also i noted that both Simpson and Cwarr07 both tweeted that they were going to see hangover 2 within the same hour so maybe thts where cwarr07 info comes from ??????

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    does any1 realise that hes scored most of his goals with his head, i thought we were wanting to move away from hump it up football, i was xcited about the gemerio/sturridge link, but now were back onto big players whose main atribute is thier head

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  • elpaso_geordie

    May 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    BTW id take Ba but id want something in his contract if he is out for any length of time with his dodgy knee…….

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  • CheickTiote

    May 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    3rd

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  • bostonmagpie

    May 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    surely if he can score it doesnt matter if he scores with his head or his ass!

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  • fungus44

    May 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    worth a shot if on a free

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Would prefer Gameiro.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 28, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    i would like to have him he can be our target
    man if he is injured then we have best to cover him

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  • Stuart

    May 28, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Id prefer both myself like BonVoyageBenny haha.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 28, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Or Sturridge. I’d rather take a fit player than one who has injury problems.

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    boston all we did wen we had carroll was hoof it up, this is just like having another carroll. if hes wat were trying to get we mite as well not bother with ben arfa n gervinho, if we get him, coz well just kik it up, not to mention his knee is 1 knok away from getting fcuked

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  • bostonmagpie

    May 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #13

    he’s free though lad, miles better than anything we’ve got

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  • Crawfordladd17

    May 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Him Gamerio(£10m) N’Zogbia(£10m) the Cameroon boy(£6m) not bad £26m with Barton £7m Smith £1m Routledge £1.5m Xisco £2m. £11.5m

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  • toonruz

    May 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #15

    if we r getting him on a free y carnt we carnt we sign all of them , at the end of the better than what we got now

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #16

    for free Yes but we still need Gamerio or sturridge

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  • CheickTiote

    May 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #17

    According to twitter we’ve had a bid accepted for Yoyan Cabaye 25 year old midfield player for £5m

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 28, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Barton £7m yeah right

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  • bostonmagpie

    May 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #19

    Demba ba
    gameiro
    gervinho
    n’zogbia
    larsson.
    bet we get 3 off that list

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    if he’d been close to being OK we would’ve signed him‘ But the medical reports we had showed there was a massive risk. Luckily for him and West Ham, nothing’s happened, but from what the medical showed, he could breakdown at any time” quotes from pulis

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  • toonruz

    May 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #21

    who does he play for ?

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  • toonruz

    May 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #22

    sky just reo coker to newcastle i hope not

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  • toonruz

    May 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    sky just said just reo coker to newcastle i hope not

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  • hainesy

    May 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Are you all mental? I know he has a ‘knee injury’ but he would of displaced 99% of the strikers in the league the way he was playing! May I add with no missed games. Best 2 strikers at the end half of the season were Demba and Sturridge. Either would be a quality signing. If you look on the post when we said we might bid like £6-7M for him it was about 70/30 in favour of getting him. Now he is on a free it is more like 30/70. What’s up with you guys?

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Toonbelmonter

    yes I thought we were going to try and become a gootball team to replace the lump and hump it crap we’ve been getting. Gameiro or Sturridge would have been ideal.

    Bostonmagpie,

    You’re missing the point.

    Having said that, he’s better than anything we’ve got right now.

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #26

    they were saying on the three legends there are only signing 1 striker, so if we get ba no sturridge or gemerio,

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  • wynsleap

    May 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Decent purchase for free but only if it doesn’t stop us getting the two TOP strikers we need like Sturridge and Gameiro (or Sturridge and one other.
    With three strikers like that we could kiss goodbye to Shola and Best and have Lovo and Ranger in reserve.
    A real step in the right direction.

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  • bostonmagpie

    May 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28

    the point is he’s better than what we’ve got!

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  • 09nufc09

    May 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #29

    Yohan cabaye joining from lille, met with newcastle officials yesterday according to france football. 5million £ or €.
    http://www.francefootball.fr/#!/news/2011/05/28/111523_cabaye-vers-newcastle.html

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #30

    aw ffs everyday it seems more n more likely at the beginning of the season, were gunna be fielding a team with ba as owa number 9 n a bunch of freebies, n this is cumin from sum1 hus had nout but excitement for this window ffs

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  • Nufc_mo

    May 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #31

    GREAT, another central midfielder(if the cabaye rumours are true)… i reckon we have a solid 10 now…

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  • matty g

    May 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #32

    @ elpaso_geordie – I saw Danny Simpson tweet yesterday to Giuseppe Rossi and wondered what he meant. However your theory about Cwarr07 and Simmo going to watch hangover is incorrect Cwarr07 lives in or near Toon but Simmo was in Manchester yesterday as I saw him in the Traffird Centre

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  • Phil K

    May 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Us signing someone with injury problems ?
    Hardly a first is it ?
    Seems the player concerned has to be SERIOUSLY injured for a start to be even considered (only joking….I think) the Gosling and even more the Ireland situation being good examples.

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  • GeordieDan

    May 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #34

    I’ve always said no to Ba but only because he has this ‘ticking timebomb’ injury of his.

    He looks a very decent striker so if we can get him on a free and on reasonable wages-with a clause regarding if he gets seriously injured again then why not?

    Could be an absolute bargain but its a big risk and you wouldn’t want us to stop looking for other strikers just in case.

    Would still much rather have Gameiro, Sturridge, Gervinho. (Or if I’m really dreaming a combination of some/all of the above)

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  • Toonboy

    May 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #35

    In the end of the day there is no risk with the transfer. Yes he has a knee injury, but we are signing him for free!

    And I’m sure we will get a clause in his contract that he will have to take a pay cut if he gets injured to much.

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  • hainesy

    May 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #36

    Good find 09nufc09! Could he be the mystery midfielder? I doubt there ever was one but he does fit the profile of what was given. And from what I have seen of Cabaye he is much better than Barton. More of a playmaker. However Wiki ( worlds most trusted source) claims he has a 75M euro release clause.

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  • leazes upper

    May 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #37

    Take him on a free defo.reo Coker no thanks not even for nowt

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #38

    09nufc09 hope he is a good friend to gervinho.

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  • davybtoon

    May 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #39

    yohanne cabyaye is class when i watched in the cup final he was lille best player

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  • Tinman

    May 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #40

    Hainsey, spot on mate. Ba on a free with some sort of ‘pay as you play’ clause is utstanding business. Honestly who would not take someone on a free who would currently be our best striker? Yes i know people think this may revert to the long ball game, but sometimes you need that option. And no if we sign Ba on a FREE it does not mean we will stop chasing our other strike targets

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