Demba Ba Signs For Newcastle – Official


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:

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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.

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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.

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121 comments so far

  • GeordieRob

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Get In!

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  • gonz

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #4

    OFFICIAL 🙂

    I have to say i was calling for him in Jan loved him at Hoffenheim.
    Knows English and should adept quite well from Hammers, Granted he has a Knee problem but for what its costing its worth the risk 100%.

    Will suit our style he could be our Arfican Andy Carrol. Shame now we dont have Nolan picking off scraps he would love a good target man like him.

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  • GeordieRob

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry gonz… DENIED.

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  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    pardew says anything ?

    medical must hav been fine

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  • Jimmy Waff

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Happy with this! bargain signing again, no shame in getting players in cheap as long as they can do the job which i think Ba can. Also, the way we are with contracts these days i fully believe his contract will contain safeguards for the club incase his knee pops! HWTL

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #8

    MORE MORE MORE!!!!!

    Who is gonna be our No. 9 then???

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  • gonz

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9

    haha! My bad again y’all!

    Great signing though, this should keep the naysayers at bay for a while. I’m hoping we get another face in within the next few days. Still waiting for N’zogbia to sign on.

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  • blissna

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    This is pretty good news. Also love it when the ‘first’ wankers get owned.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #11

    @ 6

    We dont even know the BBC audio was from today, no other website went with it.

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #12

    PLEASE PLEASE can anyone who has NUFC.TV Please upload the Interview on Youtube or Blip etc.. so we can see 😀
    Interview will be up soon.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #13

    @ 11

    Good call mate!

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  • gonz

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #14

    So, have we spent any money so far? I mean if we got Cabaye the cheap way releasing a clause and it was said to be around 4.5m and we recouped 4m from the nolan sale and Ba was a freebie, bare in mind wages, signing on fees etc…we should still have atleast 30m for further transfers and that’s not including the tv revenue. Just saying….

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  • Widowmaker

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Good to see that Ba is not our number 9. Not doubting his ability or anything. Just makes me hoping an even better player is on his way.

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  • MykToonFan

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Excellent news! Two great bargain signings in already.

    Now bring on the rest 😉

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  • ToonTiote

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Glad it complete woooooo lol any news on Taylor or anyone else?

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    ATM an area im not really complaining about is who we are buying just a shame we are letting alot go or rumours alot could leave.

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    can you please answer me this, what pleasure does it give people to say ‘1st’ its the most pointless, annoying, immature thing EVER!!

    On the subject of the post, great signing providing no problems injury wise, should bag us at least 10-15 goals. And even better that he’s no.19 so that leaves 9 open which should be filled hopefully by a big name, big-ish money striker

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    I have to say Im well pleased we nabbed Ba like!

    Anything on the other two Coozy mentioned??

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #21

    its great to have some good news for a change.lol

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  • Kurt

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #22

    He will wear nr 19 it looks like

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  • rknufc

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    @11 good idea

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #24

    @gonz

    spent 500k a think.

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  • CT

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #25

    OK, the insurance came through. 2xgood signings already plus Benny and Gos.
    We need to have some patience and faith, the window has still 2 and 1/2 months to go. A lot can happen yet. End of August is the time to judge but it is good to see the club trying to do their deals early as prices increase sharply and choice reduce the longer you leave it.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    MA clearly wouldn’t flout medical advice regarding DB’s knee so he must be fine…

    Anyone saying Best and Ba are at similar levels in ability – you’re wrong – Ba’s got the lot.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #27

    £15M offer for Sturridge anyone??

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  • antonufc.ie

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #28

    hopefully it means bye bye xisco too

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  • arcarius

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #29

    lol ba’s wiki page is updated, now thats fast 😆

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  • gonz

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Does it really bother you Nick 69 that some of us put 1st or whatever in? Really? really? Come on, so it is childish, but sometimes just can’t help myself.
    Having said that, it is a good signing to get Ba in and that he isn’t going to be the #9 so we can expect a bigger name coming in soon. Guess we’ll just have to wait till next friday now before anymore business is dealt with, as it seems this is the only day Ashley comes up to Newcastle.

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  • Andy

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Kurt well spotted … Haha

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  • GeordieRob

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Temuri,

    I think CT was closer, that the insurance was granted rather than it’s fine. But, even with a signing bonus, it’s got to be worth it. This guy knows where the net is.

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  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #33

    gorskino10\

    i will upload it on youtube, if u wish

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #34

    St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi has welcomed Premier League interest.

    “I am flattered by the interest from clubs abroad, and I have always loved the Premier League,” he said.

    “It is the best league in the world, so exciting, and I really want to be part of that one day, however St Etienne has its say about that.”

    On Newcastle specifically he added: “They are one of the big clubs in England but, like I said, it is all rumours at the moment, but you never know.”

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  • stuckdownsouth

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Get in there, got sone West Ham mates who reckon this guy is the real deal!

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  • dave 1961

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #36

    this signing is a risk, if the knee goes it could need 6 months to have it treated, its a step forward but just a small one with many larger ones needed. feet on the ground please.

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  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #37

    gorskino10\

    hav u seen the cabeye interview ?

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Yes Please.
    Cheers Ben Arfa 🙂

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #39

    NUFC_Richyg01 – wouldnt mind but dont think ther’ll be anything happen with Sturridge for a few weeks yet as 1) hes away and will probs be concentrating on the u21’s and 2) I think Chelsea will wait til ther new manager is in place and see how ther interest in Lukaku and Neymar develops before deciding what to do with Sturridge

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #40

    a lot has been mentioned about barton on the last year of his contract but so are shola and loovers .surely instead of selling best we should be getting rid of these two make some money before they can go for nothing

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