Can Newcastle Do Anything About That Demba Ba Release Clause?


Unfortunately it’s being widely reported that Demba Ba has a £10M release clause in his contract at Newcastle.

The unplayable Demba Ba in action against Red Devils

The £10M amount may not be accurate,  but the news is being broadcast all over the place that Ba does have a release clause in his contract, and that simply means if any club meets that transfer amount, whatever it is, then Newcastle must sell him.

And then it would be up to Ba and his agents to negotiate a contract at the new club.This is not good news for Newcastle fans, since we had a top striker last year by the name of Andy Carroll who we also lost to a bigger club.

And Andy  was a local lad too, and we think it says more of Liverpool’s style of play that Andy has only scored 6 goals since moving to Merseyside, and we have to think if the lad had stayed on Tyneside he would still be smashing those goals in for his local club.

And from what we can tell from stories coming out of Liverpool, that’s what Andy thinks too.

At first we thought it was Harry Redknapp who had revealed the Ba release clause,   but in fact it was one of the reporters who blurted  it out during Harry’s press  conference yesterday, and Harry than acknowledged that’s what he had heard too.

If the clause was put there at Demba’s request – which he had a similar clause put in at West Ham, which was to become a free agent if the London clubs was relegated –  then there’s not too much Newcastle can do about it.

If it’s not been put in by Ba and his representatives, then maybe we can update his contract to take that out, and increase his wages at the same time and maybe extend the contract – the initial was one was for three years.

That could be a viable next step for  Newcastle to take, but not if the release clause was initiated  by Ba’s agent(s).

The way things stand right now he will leave for the first club to come in and bid the release amount, and they can get to know that easily, probably by a tweet from his agent – there’s nothing too sacred these days with the confidentiality of players’ contracts.

And as we mentioned yesterday that’s exactly the way we got such a good deal on Yohan Cabaye from French club Lille.

Swansea last summer managed to keep Neil Taylor at the club after Newcastle tried to initiate the £1M release clause,  said to be in the Welshman’s contract.

So whatever Swansea did then – maybe Newcastle can use that same strategy – because it seemed to work for the Welsh club.

Swansea said something like the clause only gave another club a chance to talk to their player, but it was not the actual transfer amount, and they wanted up top £10M for Taylor – yeah right!

But maybe we could do the same thing and ask £40M for Ba, and then hope that Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool are interested. 😀

And maybe we could even do a straight swap deal to bring Andy Carroll back to Newcastle – that would probably be worth it to both clubs – but only if Newcastle must sell Ba because of the release clause.

We have to say we are a bit sick that when we unearth a top player, the next thing on the agenda seems to be they leave Newcastle to one of the top clubs.

That’s hardly a good thing when Alan Pardew is trying his very best  to build a top side on Tyneside.

There again there’s no real certainty that Demba Ba has a release clause in his contract, and it would be great news if Newcastle announce there isn’t one – and do that soon too.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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67 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Being locked in a pie shop with giant boxing gloves on is too good for Ashley

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  • Niff in the USA

    Jan 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    There’s no substance to this rumour. Besides the fact that Ba is on a 3 year deal with us, he’ll need to sign a new one soon anyway.

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  • Incentino

    Jan 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    The number 1 question is: Does he want to leave? The last thing I heard Ba said was that he’s desperate to come back to Newcastle after the African Nations Cup. He said that during the post game interview after the Manchester game when the reporter said Newcastle will be desperate to see him back after the tournament.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Please change the subject Ed! Don’t want to think about this one!

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Tbf we have no right to complain about this if its true. We stole Cabaye from Lille in the same way and attempted to steal Naylor from Swansea

    Ba seems a great bloke BUT he has no reason to be loyal to us we were the biggest club after him when he was released so he came to us. He went to West Ham to put himself in the shop window in this league.

    I just hope DL is smart enough to get him on a new contract…..yeah hes gonna be in a Spurs shirt soon isnt he 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    If it is true,and it wont be the first time the mail has printed complete fabrication,then the club have to pretty much offer what he could get elsewhere,unless of course it’s one of those that could offer a hundred grand plus,but it would be criminal if he left because we wont pay him seventy or eighth grand a week.

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Interesting to hear AP on this subject.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Someone from nufc should of said something by now about this!

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Enough with this fiction clause… some shite site wrote somethin an here we go… ffs.

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  • Tino3Barca2

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    We got tiote on a new deal pronto when clubs started sniffing, no reason we won’t do the same with Ba. The club surely knows his value, even if we only keep him another year, best to give him an extra mill or so a year wages and increase his sell on fee by £20m + at the same time.

    He deserves it anyway, what a player!

    Now is the time to act too, while we look on the up again with the positive vibes of the man u match still flowing.

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  • ChicagoToon

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    The games streamed today correct? Or must I suffer through the mobile updates again..

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  • Solaidback

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    A straight swap for Carroll, are you on drugs or what???

    Ba is worth way more than Carroll now, he’s the most prolific striker in the PL at present & this release clause info is supposed to be confidential, so how did the press & then floppychops find out about it???

    Someone needs to plug the frakin hole at the club & get this situ sorted before Ba gets taken off us for a tenth of whaht he worth to us!!!

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  • geordiejohn42

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Ponderous Pardew // Jan 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Ashley must of stop Alan from speaking about speculation and I don’t think he’ll be speaking about it I ll just say this I think it’s time they make a club statement and comfirm this isn’t true also Ashley must of known about the clause because Ba’s agent insisted of having a one in otherwise no way Ba wouldn’t of signed for us .. it’s very worrying indeed we’re suppose to build a team for the future here but I’m afraid Ashley isn’t interested in ambition like winning trophies, European Football he’s here to make as much money as possible that’s ambition right…NOT

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  • GeordieDan

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    I don’t think Ba will go this January regardless of the interest.

    Can’t see it happening as he’s only just got here and got settled. He’s loving it here.

    He could go in the Summer if some club offers him crazy wages though. We don;t know enough about the lad yet to know if he’s about the money or the football.

    From what I’ve seen he seems genuine enough though so we’ll have to just wait and see.

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  • nufc.romania

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    i hope is not true … Ba must to wear the famous nr 9 shirt … i hope he dont go

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    @WWJBD
    Right u are.
    Ba is supposedly on a pay as u play deal, it’s only right that he has a release clause leverage if something goes wrong.
    If a player at 26 years old has a pay as you play deal, it’s only right for him to have something to get out should things go wrong.
    It’s is honestly a fair deal. If we decide to remove the clause, he’d be on binding contract wether he gets injured or not (like Smith/Owen), he’d also likely get even higher wages, and then what do we do if his knee explodes and he’s out for a year?

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Who’s to say the clause isn’t similar to the west ham one? Where he can move if we got relegated? Redknapp has a nasty habit of talking shite about players, but he will be gutted when he loses Modric and Bale. He also has a nasty habit of ruining the confidence of strikers. Prick.

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  • FloridaToon

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #18

    I didn’t think BA could go as he has been at the club less than a year.

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  • milk or cream

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19

    OFFER HIM A NEW CONTRACT WITH IMPROVED WAGES, AND CHANGE THE AMOUNT HE CAN GO FOR TO 40 MIL OR IF RELEGATED, TIE HIM DOWN FOR 5 YEARS LIKE TIOTE

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed, for heavens sake, can we please get over the Andy Carroll sale? Every blog contains comments about how brilliant AC is, and his talent etc. Give it a rest man. We have moved on as a club, Andy Carroll is showing the world exactly WHY it was good business for NUFC to cash in on his inability and ‘potential’ (potential to constantly go on the piss, potential to score two or three goals a season, etc etc ). Meanwhile we have a player who knows where the net is, puts in a shift, and is a threat not only in the air, but on the deck as well. Mr judas could do not worse than watch Ba, to see what a ‘complete’ centre forward looks like, not a pikey hoping for hopeful punts in to the box. the papers got it right last week, Andy carroll – 70’s throwback. Simples.

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Rumours are Newcastle have already rejected offers for Ba and Tiote from Spurs and Chelsea.

    Cant see either leaving.

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  • Gateshead_Geordie

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #22

    Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this
    period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs. As an exception to
    this rule, a player moving between two clubs belonging to associations with overlapping
    seasons (i.e. start of the season in summer/autumn as opposed to winter/spring) may be
    eligible to play in official matches for a third club during the relevant season, provided he
    has fully complied with his contractual obligations towards his previous clubs. Equally, the
    provisions relating to the registration periods (article 6) as well as to the minimum length of
    a contract (article 18 paragraph 2) must be respected.

    http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/RulesandRegulations/~/media/Files/PDF/TheFA/FA%20Handbook%2009%2010/FIFA_Regs_Transfers_pg435-450.ashx/FIFA_Regs_Transfers_pg435-450.pdf

    No reason he cant leave this window, same goes for Cabaye ect. Not saying they will but just wanted to put this argument to rest 🙂

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  • milk or cream

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    But i bet lameass thought to himself, yeh im not gona get stung with him , il offer him a crap deal, cos im hard and can swear, he will take it, what can go wrong,

    well he can be one of the beststrikers in the league is what can go wrong, every one will want him

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  • TOONARMY4LIFE

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    C’mon lads MA is a greedy **** a 10m release
    Clause? Papers are talking rubbish I’m sure pards
    Will clear this up

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #25

    gateshead Geordie:

    Top stuff mate, great post.

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  • Solaidback

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Who the frak says he’s on a pay-as-you-play deal??? where the frak did you get that shyte from??

    Do you seriously think Ba would have signed a 3yr 40k/wk pay-if-you-play deal with us lol lol

    You’re living in clour cockoo land!!!

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  • zaktoon_swede

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #27

    you cant play for more than three clubs in a year anyway so does it matter? means plenty of time to renegotiate his deal until summer. i think im right haha.

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  • giimps

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #28

    The way i look at it is this, Neil Taylor had a 500,000 release clause and we activated it, Swansea said the release clause only allows the player to talk to other teams (but they would set the price) and ended up slapping an 8mil pricetag on him hence the reason he is still there. If Ba has any clause similar to that we will be fine. What we need to do though, is get him on a better contract and show him we mean business by bringing in more players to help him get goals and playing in Europe.I remember Pulis saying that they offered him a pay as you play contract before he went to west sham and he turned it down, so I cant see why when he was effectively on a free transfer and held all the cards in the negotiations with us, he would accept a pay as you play contract as it dont make sense?
    He looks happy here, his place for Senegal is never in doubt and he is banging them in for fun in our system, I just hope he has a good agent who looks at the bigger picture rather than the bigger numbers cos its not always the best thing to do.
    I think he will stay until the summer and renegotiate a new contract between now and then.
    Heres hoping anyhoo
    HWTL

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  • bills-son

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    This isn’t paper talk about Ba, they are simply reporting what Redknapp has said.

    If it isn’t true Redknapp will get slaughtered by NUFC and I would have thought the FA. Therefore I don’t think he is stupid to say something like this unless he knows it IS true.

    I’ve no doubt Pardew will be asked about it and it will be very interesting to hear what he says.

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  • ogm

    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #30

    There may be a clause, there may not be, we simply don’t know. So stop all the negs until something actually happens.

    As for the Mike Ashley bashing, FFS stop it. As far as I’m concerned he’s made some mistakes in the past, but I reckon he’s made up for that now.

    We are in a better situation than we could have possibly hoped to be in and if Ashley hadn’t bought us we’d be another Leeds.

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  • giimps

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #31

    I wish I was able to see alternative realities too!!!

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  • ramajama

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #32

    cyprus 4 – agree with you mate, this just makes me want to cry…if its true

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  • shroomnufc

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Life’s never boring being a Newcastle fan

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  • Solaidback

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #34

    Cyprus, where aboots are you living fella ???? Yeah I know its in Cyprus but which area ??

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  • shroomnufc

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    If you listin to the redknapp interview it was actually the reporter that said about release clause redknapp said apparantly so.

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #36

    We can stop hyping it up on blogs like this

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  • dmac

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #37

    There is no mention anywhere as to the value etc in the clause. To put this into a bit of perspective every player in the spanish and the portuguese leagues have to have minimum fees. The reason you very rarely hear about it is because they are so far inflated no-one would bid for them. That is why you get rumours like Hulk 83m pound move to blah blah.

    I dont think this clause in Ba’s contract is anything to worry about really. It is probably the same as he had at West Ham and touch wood i dont see us getting relegated .

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  • ArtyH

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Wouldnt swap Ba for Carrol even if they threw in money and another player. Ba is priceless to the toon now. He will become the next Sir Les. He appears to be a real gent on the T.V too, makes such a change, he is what every kid who want to be a C.F should be aspiring to.

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  • pawl250

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #39

    Ok I don’t leave many posts on this website but half the crap people talk on here is unreal. They just make stuff up and people like sheep take it in and repeat it. I know for a FACT Ba is on
    35k a week and should he play a game in the same week he gets 25k extra. It’s a smart contract for 2 reasons

    1. If he gets injured we are limited to paying only 35k instead of 60k a week
    2. During pre season and breaks, whether it be summer or international the wage again is 35k instead of 60k

    I dont know if he has a release clause, and if he does I certainly don’t know what the clause states. It could be a relegation clause given we were touted for a relegation battle when he signed. Ultimatley though Ba is a wonder signing, although most clubs would still debate he is worth 10m. YES 15 goals is a brilliant signing, but he has the dodgey knee! The same knee that should you read up on Ba has stopped him going to countless clubs. Should the big boys take a risk and pay whatever the clause is then he get injured, it’s clearly a massive deal because he would have to be on more than 60k per week for his head be turned. Remember he has to accept to leave aswell, I can’t see it happening. Should it happen it would be a massive blow but we certainly have to get another striker equal to the quality of Ba ASAP simply because his knee can go any minute. That would be worse and more money wasted than any release clause!!

    So stop posting tripe! And talk facts rather than spreading rumours. Should it be 10m it could be 10m for a striker with 1 year left in his career then having to pay him 60k+ until his however many year contract expires. I can’t see big clubs taking that risk, and if they do it’s a big gamble that could end up being good business, no one can know for certain!

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  • Sav

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #40

    Not likely to be negotiated while he’s off in Africa. ACN may be doing us a favour while NUFC lawyer draws up a new contract. But its a worry that (presumably Ba’s agent) is leaking this all around town.

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