Well, there’s nothing like a little panic before announcing that Demba Ba has indeed signed for Newcastle United.
A very happy Demba Ba this afternoon
The official news is that Demba Ba has now completed his free transfer switch to Newcastle, and after a bit of a scare over an issue with his medical in the last hour or so, he has passed his medical.
We were thinking th signing may not go through, because of an issue Alan Pardew had raised about the medical.
The 26 year-old Senegal striker finally signed a three-year contract, and the news has been relayed initially by Sky Sports, and then officially confirmed on the Newcastle United web-site.
Ba joined West Ham from Hoffenheim in January, and hit seven goals in 13 appearances for the club, but he had the sense to put a release clause in his contract if the Hammers should be relegated, and following their relegation to the Championship, he became a free agent.
As seems to happen often these days, Newcastle quickly made their move and have captured the player West Ham paid £6M for in January – and Newcastle got him on a free transfer.
This could be an excellent signing for Newcastle, and certainly when we watched Ba play for the Hammers, he looked a very good striker, who can score goals in the Premier League.
This is some of what Newcastle put out ion the web-site today:
The 26-year-old was born in Sevres, a suburb of Paris, and is one of eight children. Capped 10 times by Senegal, with three international goals to his name, Ba has also had spells with Rouen, Mouscron and 1899 Hoffenheim. He was briefly on Watford’s books, back in 2005, but ended up starting his professional career at Rouen in the Normandy region of France.
His international debut, coupled with a debut goal, came in June 2007 against Tanzania.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said after the signing:
“Demba made a great impression with West Ham last season and is a great signing for this club.”
“He has pace, excellent technical ability, is good in the air and, it goes without saying, has the ability to consistently find the back of the net.”
“Moreover he has a great passion to play for Newcastle United.”
Ba will wear the number 19 shirt next season.
There was news that he was very very keen to join Newcastle United, and he told Sky Sports today that he had never played in a stadium like St. James’ Park before, and he just cannot wait to play for the Magpies.
He also said he knew all about the famous Newcastle strikers of the past, and that he was sorry to see Kevin Nolan leave for West Ham earlier this week, but he knew Newcastle were going to bring in some very good players this summer.
It’s interesting he did not get the number 9 shirt – that can only mean Newcastle have somebody else lined up to wear that famous number 9 shirt – we hope so anyway.
We are simply delighted he came through his medical, and so happy to welcome Demba Ba to Newcastle United.