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?