Newcastle will try to keep Demba Ba at Newcastle, but they could lose him in January if money bags Manchester City or PSG come after him.
Demba Ba in action last Wednesday
The release clause in Ba’s Newcastle contract sets the release fee at somewhere south of £7M, at least according to Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, who continues to talk about the issue, when he probably shouldn’t.
But the news is that Newcastle will fight to keep Demba Ba on Tyneside, and could be willing to double the Senegal striker’s wages to keep him on Tyneside.
While this news in the Mirror may be made-up news, we hope Newcastle are moving fast to keep the striker at Newcastle, and if he has to leave then maybe he goes in the summer for around £40M, and we’re only half joking about that.
Ba seems to have proved that his bad knee can stand up to the strenuous physical demands of the Premier League, and he already has 15 goals for Newcastle this season, and the lad looked almost unplayable last Wednesday night against Manchester United.
We published a story from a report in France this morning that Ba said he would be interested in joining another money-bags club, PSG, since they are now recruiting big time under new manager Carlo Ancelotti, and could offer Demba Ba massive wages.
But with the release clause now an open book on his contract, Newcastle could have top clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, PSG and Tottenham all after the player this month, and even Manchester United could be interested.
Maybe it’s time for Newcastle to become a top club again by keeping him at Newcastle, by whatever means they can do that.
The Senegal international is believed to earn about £30K a week on Tyneside, but we think that’s nothing but a glorified guess, and his contract is probably based on incentives such as appearances and goals scored, so he may still be doing quite well financially on Tyneside.
The contract may well be heavily incentives-based because when he was signed in June, there was still a doubt about his knee, after he failed a medical at Stoke City last January.
The Telegraph is reporting that his contract is £35K/week with £20K per appearance (he’s made 21 appearances for Newcastle this season), but it would be a huge surprise if goals scored wasn’t one of the incentives.
Newcastle have a salary cap that probably tops out at around £50K/week for any new player, but owner Mike Ashley could make an exception to that for Ba.
But there seems an imminent danger he could be bought out, if his contract is not changed quickly – and this month, if that is possible.
It’s hardly surprising that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has upset the Newcastle hierarchy by spilling the beans last Friday, and talking about it further on Monday, and Harry always seems to be far too cozy with the press.
Newcastle will hope that Ba and Senegal do well in the African Cup of Nations, and that he will be out there playing in the tournament through January.
Owner Mike Ashley is a savvy businessman, and we have to hope the club are doing something to protect themselves from losing a world class player for peanuts.
Removing the release clause would at least allow Newcastle to ask for a massive fee for the Senegal striker, or at least demand one, either this month or in the summer.
And of course we should point out in all of this, we are all assuming Harry Redknapp is right, and there is indeed a release clause in Ba’s current Newcastle contract.
It wouldn’t surpise us too much if this is all made up nonsense.
We hope it’s all made up nonsense. 😀