Newcastle Favorites To Sign West Ham’s Demba Ba

There was some very good news for Newcastle fans this morning – if it’s true – that Newcastle have met Manchester United’s  £7.5M valuation for Dimitar Berbatov, and are trying to bring the player to Newcastle.

Demba Ba – Newcastle favorites to get this player?

And there’s even more potentially good news on the striker transfer front this morning, if the reports are to be believed.

Newcastle are now said to be favorites to sign West Ham striker Demba Ba. – and look ready to beat Sunderland and Everton to the player’s signature.

Ba’s availability as a free agent had started a scramble for his signature, but news yesterday was that he wanted a sizable signing on bonus and huge wages too.

So whether Newcastle would be willing to meet these requirements we don’t know, and of course he would always need to pass a medical on the dodgy knee of his.

He failed the medical at Stoke in January before eventually signing on at West Ham where the Senegal striker hit 7 goals in 13 games for the relegated east London club.

We don’t know if this story is true or not, or whether the possible acquisition of Berbatov to Newcastle could see the magpies even pull out of this one – but of course Demba Ba is a free agent so could be squired fairly cheaply.

Berbatov and Demba Ba up front would be an awesome strike partnership for Newcastle next season.

These two pieces of news this morning may be just too good to be true.

Let’s just put a pin in my arm – ouch! – so I’m not dreaming this, 😀

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • G

    May 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    A risk, but he could turn out to be a very good risk. He looks capable of far more than he achieved with WHU.

  • boom boom cheick cheick the room

    May 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    would be a good player to get in lets face it anyone will be better than shola and ranger and lovo i think ranger could benefit from some championship experience

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 31, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Cabaye 5mil
    Ba – Free

    Excellent deals from our club again.

  • DerkaSayWhat

    May 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m having doubts now.

  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5


    They’re not done yet 🙂

  • nufc.romania

    May 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    OOOOOHHHH YEAHHH ….. this will be a good sing … :X:X:X


    May 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Lets him 1st score 16+ goals then he can get his bonus

  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Can we just replace all our strikers? Ba, Gameiro, Gervinho. Already sounds better than what we have…

  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Even Berbatov…

  • toonarmy1986

    May 31, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    @cwarr07 I just asked that guy if the deals he is claiming is signed on the dotted lines or lots of verbal agreements in place which I think is the most lightly thing meaning we won’t sign any of these players as someone will come in for them before we seal the deal and he can bullshit to us that they broke a promise.

  • Milzzy Rascal

    May 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Someone slap me because it seems to good to be true!! I don’t believe the Berba hype – makes no sense and goes against everything we know Ashley does. Ba I can see happening and would love it + Gameiro or Long would sort our strikers right out.

  • Spuggy

    May 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Would be a great acquisition, has a descent pedigree, is the big strong type, and has proven he can score goals, even in a poor PL team.

    Him and a potential world class striker like Gameiro or Gervinho would be ideal in my books! Would love Gervinho most of all as he gives us options and cover for the wing, he’d be great in a 4-3-3, Ba in the middle, and Arfa and Gervinho at either side!!

  • north east lincs toon

    May 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t think long will cut it in the prem

  • Spuggy

    May 31, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Berba is nonsense……..goes against the whole financial set-up.


  • Jan Stavik

    May 31, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    For free? It’s a no brainer. Bring in a few strikers, I don’t want to see Shola and MacLoven up front again. Those two are CCC players.

  • toonbelmonter(barnetta4nufc)

    May 31, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    newcastle are only after 1 striker we already have
    so how people think wel get ba, gamerio and long is beyond me, ther is nly gunna be 1 place for the striker as ben arfa used as a second striker

  • boom boom cheick cheick the room

    May 31, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    i seen long play for the republic against uruguay we lost 3-2 and the comentaters said it was the best performance by an irish striker in years he would definitly cut it and knows where the back of the net is he would be an excellent addition to the squad.

  • tomnewcastle

    May 31, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Ba is better than anything we got at the moment and he’s free. don’t care ’bout his injury risk when he’s fit he class

  • Stuart

    May 31, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    And when he’s injured for 60% of the season he’s costing us £50k a week for nowt.

    Not worth the risk for me like.

  • MaksRukov

    May 31, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Berbatov would be a dream! He is a Newcastle-fan.

  • kingkev9

    May 31, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    More rubbish.

    As for long- did anyone watch him yesterday? He was awful

  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #22


    Its one game. You cant just judge a player on one game. How many other games have you watched of his?

  • FollowMyTwitterLewisKing7

    May 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    I would rather Play Demba on the bench if we are to sign Berbatov and Gameiro. But if we dont sign gameiro, Berbatov and Ba will not work, they are both big lads with no pace.

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #24

    @kingkev9 // May 31, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    He had decent game in my opinion. It looks like you only saw him yesterday. Throught the season he was class. He’s young and can only improve. I don’t mind the signing of Long and Graham to be honest. I believe those 2 can make the step up and could be terrific signing.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    May 31, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #25

    How can he be a risk when he comes in on a free??

    He is better than what we have!

    How many games do Strolla and Best miss thru injury, how many games does Ranger miss for being a c0*k?? But they are still getting paid.

  • boom boom cheick cheick the room

    May 31, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

    the chap had an off day how many off days did strolla lovo and ranger have this season? every player can have a bad day even the great shearer had the odd one.

  • hitman

    May 31, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #27

    nufcinsideinfo Dave
    Enrique has rejected new #nufc deal of 50k a week he will now be sold and the asking price is 7m.
    20 minutes ago

  • Bobtoon

    May 31, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Ed is there any source to this statement that we are now in the driving seat for Ba? As for long, as I’m Irish and see Long play quite a lot, he is a good honest forward who knows where the net is, but he is no better than Best when Best is in the team regularly and Long would not be what we need to take us to that next level (Europe)

  • Graeme

    May 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #29

    Why on earth would we want Berbatov? hes 30, past it and just not worth the money

  • Stuart

    May 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #30

    Yeah but if the rumours are to be believed Richy, Ba will be on alot more a week than probably Strola, Best and Ranger put together as I doubt those three are on very high wages.

  • solano

    May 31, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #31

    Long is a good player……Danny Graham I’m not convinced at all…..Would be happy having a punt on Long and getting in an experienced and proven forward as well ( contrary to popular belief) you are NOT too old if you are 26+….

  • Banbridge Mags

    May 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Another injury prone strike sensation in Ba? Gimme a break, Michael Owen anyone? 1 fit decent striker is worth 10 sensational bench warmers. We hardly have the greatest reputation on the injury front. Stoke turned him down, west ham are chancers. Whoever we bring in must have played 75% of their clubs games in the last season. Flavour of the month I’m afraid.

  • Stuart

    May 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #33

    Graeme, I’d hardly say hes past it, joint golden boot winner this season. None of our strikers even made it into double figures apart from Judas.

  • toonbelmonter(barnetta4nufc)

    May 31, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #34

    BA WILL NOT BE FREE hes asking for 45 a week and a 3mil signing on fee, plus he has been lucky he hasnt taken a knock to the knee coz when he duz hes F**Ked, n as a sed theres nly gunna be 1 striker cuming in, if its BA well have no1 hu’ll regularly score or regularly fit out of our strikers, 2 risky

  • Banbridge Mags

    May 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #35

    Toonbelmonster- I’m with you

  • dickinsonjuniour

    May 31, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    ba is alot better then shola lovenkrands ranger and is bit better then best so yeah take him as a 2nd striker for our top striker sturridge/erding/gameiro

  • Bobtoon

    May 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Ba did look an excellent prospect since jan but have to agree with Banbridge, West Ham were desperate and would have taken a punt on any old donkey, With our current injury jinx as a club I’d avoid like the plague

  • Stuart

    May 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #38

    Agreed with you belmonter lad, not worth the risk. Its hardly a free transfer if you’re paying the kid a £3m signing on fee!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #39

    Will only believe anything when it happens

  • Indian Magpie

    May 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #40

    To all the ppl who r saying Long had a bad game yesterday. i think every striker would if they were 3- 0 down at half time.


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