Th Sunday Mirror is reporting that Demba Ba will leave Newcastle in the summer.
Demba Ba leaving Newcastle in the summer?
The 26-year-old is reported to be ready to leave Tyneside at the end of the season, with many top clubs now interested in the striker, which is hardly surprising since he has smashed in 15 goals in the Premier League in his 21 appearances for the Magpies this season.
Under the terms of Ba’s contract, the Sunday Mirror is reporting the buy-out clause is around £7M, and that any club that comes in and offers that amount, will force Newcastle to sell.
But we wonder just how true that really is.
Demba Ba is said to earn around £30K a week plus appearance money on Tyneside, which means he gets extra payment for each appearance and for each goal scored.
But the news that he could get better terms elsewhere in the summer is surely a supposition, because Newcastle will almost certainly offer him new terms before the summer transfer window rolls around.
The Mirror is reporting that negotiations over Ba’s move to Newcastle last summer depended on the buy-out clause being inserted into the contract, because Newcastle had refused to meet the player’s personal demands or the fees his agents were requesting.
We find it very hard to believe this story, as the Mirror then goes on to report that the return of Andy Carroll to Newcastle could therefore be imminent in the summer.
You talk about adding one and one together and getting three – or even four.
There seems nothing much in this story other than there is a buy-out clause in Demba Ba’s contract of around £7M, as Spurs’ manager Harry Redknapp had announced earlier this month, to anybody who would listen.
But we don’t think Newcastle will allow that to remain in the Senegal striker’s contract for much longer.
And according to local reports, that part of Demba Ba’s contract doesn’t even come into effect until the summer, which is why Newcastle officials were said to be relaxed over the initial rumors that the star Senegal striker could move in January.
There’s still plenty of time to update the contract to make it better for both Demba Ba and for Newcastle too.
We suppose it must be Sunday and the papers have to sell their papers – after all.
The report is that Andy Carroll would jump at a chance to return to Newcastle, but we had expected that to be true for at least six months, but it doesn’t say he will be returning.
After reading the story in the Sunday Mirror a few times, and a few times more, there seems nothing in the report to justify some of the wild claims made – which are that Demba Ba will leave Newcastle in the summer.
Don’t bet on it.