There is news on talkSPORT today that Demba Ba agreed terms with Newcastle United on Friday evening.
Demba Ba – terms agreed and will join Newcastle?
And the further news is that the 6’3″ Senegal striker could even be joining Newcastle early next week, but of course we have no idea if this story is true.
However, the Newcastle Journal on Saturday said he was a real target of Newcastle’s, to replace departed striker Andy Carroll, so at least there’s a little bit of consistency there.
Demba Ba has played 10 times for Senegal with 3 goals and in the Premier League this year he played 13 times for relegated West Ham United, and scored a good 7 goals, and looked very good at the London club.
Demba Ba is now a free agent, thanks to him demanding a release clause in the West Ham contract he signed in January, that if West Ham were relegated he would become a free agent – and that’s exactly what has happened.
So the player would be a decent acquisition for Newcastle, but of course the one big doubt about the striker, is that he seems to have a bit of a knee problem.
As everybody now knows, the player failed a medical st Stoke City in January, and after that Stoke officials called the knee – a disaster waiting to happen.
At the time Ba was on the brink of a £6M move to the Potters from Hoffenheim, , but the deal dropped through after Stoke expressed concerns over the player’s fitness.
And the very same thing could happen at Newcastle, and the Magpies are going to want to give the player a very stringent medical, and even talk to the Stoke medical team, to ensure his knee is up to the physical requirements of the English Premier League.
In 116 games he has played for German club 1899 Hoffenheim and West Ham United he has scored 47 goals, and looks a natural when it comes to putting that ball in the back of the net, and he’s a very good header of the ball too.