We don’t know if the report is true, but it was almost inevitable that some paper would soon write a report that Liverpool are interested in Newcastle striker Demba Ba.
Demba Ba – in action against Manchester United
The news since Friday is that Demba Ba has a £10M release clause in his Newcastle contract, and that could cause some clubs to come right in now, and bid that amount so they could secure Ba in January.
If the clubs wait too long then the news is that Newcastle will renegotiate the three year contract Ba signed last June and take that clause out, if that’s possible, or increase the amount so he becomes more expensive.
Even though Liverpool paid out around £60M in total for Andy Carroll from Newcastle and Louis Suarez from Ajax last January, they are still short of proven goalscorers, and this news regarding Liverpool’s interest in Ba is in the Daily Star.
Liverpool’s lack of goal-scoring capability has been made worse by the 8 game suspension of Suarez, for racially abusing Patrice Evra during the Liverpool game against Manchester United.
Liverpool have said their player is innocent of all charges and that there is no real evidence against the Uruguayan International, but we notice they are mot appealing the decision – and those two things don’t jibe.
The top clubs in England – read that as those six clubs above 7th placed Newcastle in the league table, the two Manchester clubs, plus Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been alerted to the situation.
If Liverpool did get Demba Ba then it would say that they have almost given up on Geordie boy Andy Carroll, and it would be hard to get their money back on the player.
But maybe if Liverpool negotiate a deal with Newcastle then Andy Carroll could come the other way, but that’s highly unlikely.
A Newcastle source told the Daily Star Sunday:
“We’ve spoken to the player and his agent and there is every indication that he is happy here and wants to stay.
“He got married the day before he joined us and his family are happy on Tyneside.’’
We have to hope that Newcastle are moving with lightning speed and renegotiating the Senegal striker’s contract to keep the wolves at bay, so to speak, although Mick McCarthy couldn’t afford Ba.
It would be hard to take for Newcastle fans, if the club lost both Tiote and Ba in January, who are both off at the African Cup of Nations until almost mid-February.
But that’s just not going to happen.
Surely it isn’t?