Alan Pardew has said the Demba Ba deal is is in doubt following issues with the player’s medical.
This is what Alan said this afternoon:
“There is an issue about his medical, and there has been in the past. We’ve got to overcome those things, but hopefully he can join the club. I think he’ll be a big success.”
“He’s a player that has a natural eye for a goal, my connections at West Ham are very good and I know everything about him.”
“I’m pretty relaxed that he can be a success at Newcastle if we can get him but it’s a big if at the moment because there are some big hurdles to get across.”
So it seems that what we didn’t want to happen may indeed happen, and it seems the striker could fail his medical, like he did at Stoke City in January.
Alan is saying it’s a big if - so surely that means he will not pass his medical.
But we’ll have to wait and see, and some official confirmation on the Newcastle web-site.
But this will be a huge disappointment to the player and to the Newcatsle club too, as we were getting the striker as a free agent after Stoke had agreed to pay £6M for him in January to his former club, Hoffenheim.
At that time Stoke City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said:
“Having agreed all the financial terms of the deal with Hoffenheim and the player, he failed his medical. We will therefore not be signing him on a permanent basis.”