One of the West Ham co-Chairmen David Sullivan, is revealing the real deal on Demba Ba.
Demba Ba – agent got £2M from Newcastle
The former Birmingham City co-owner is being interviewed at West Ham, and he is revealing how they got Demba Ba and then how they lost him in the summer to Newcastle United.
This is some of what Sullivan has said regarding Demba Ba, his contract at Newcastle, and how they couldn’t keep him at Upton Park:
“Demba Ba signed a three and a half year contract with us. We had a deal where his salary would be halved if we were relegated, and he said – “Well on that basis, I have got to be allowed to walk if we get relegated”.
“What we should have said in retrospect – but none of us thought he would score so many goals – is that we’d be happy to give him £40 grand a week in the Championship.”
“In the end I offered him £45 grand a week to stay but he wouldn’t take it. What we should have said was that if we don’t halve your salary, you haven’t got a get-out. The failure to put that one line in the contract cost us very, very dearly.”
“As I say, Ba was on £35 grand a week and I offered him £45 grand a week to stay, but he went to Newcastle. His agent got £2 million to take him to Newcastle.”
“I’m told he’s got a £7 million get-out at Newcastle and he gets half the money over that. They keep denying it but I think you’ll see in the summer he will leave Newcastle or he’ll get a monstrous rise to stay there.”
“If they get about four million, half will go to him, so if they sell him for £7 million they’ll only net about three because they paid his agent £2 million to get him out of here.”
” Getting £3 million is not bad, but for a player of his quality it’s not fantastic. It’s one of those mistakes that happen, but it’s probably one of the worst mistakes I have ever made in my life.”
“It just didn’t enter our heads. it didn’t enter anybody’s head that he’d score enough goals that we’d want to give him £40k a week and his old club £15/20k an appearance and we’d still be relegated. In reality that’s exactly what happened.”
“The agent just threw it in at the last minute. He said “Obviously if his salary is cut by 50% you’ve got to let him walk”. We thought, OK, if we get relegated, do we really want a £40k a week striker in the Championship?”
“Well, we would have because he was devastating. If he was with us now and his knee had held up, because remember, he did have a very very bad knee, I think we’d be 15 points clear, I really do.”
“He’d be cutting through those defences. You live and you learn.”
Not to rub it in, but Ba is cutting through those defenses in the Premier League, and Newcastle are currently one point out of 4th place with Ba having smashed in 16 goals – so far this season.
Derek LLambias had said last summer that these free transfers were not free, but it’s a surprise that Newcastle had to pay his agent as much as £2M.
We wonder how much the club will need to pay the agent if and they renegotiate the striker’s contract in the next few months?
But Newcastle need to do that if indeed Demba Ba will get half of what the transfer fee is, and if the release clause is indeed £7M, hell get a huge £3.5M.
But the world was told the release clause was £7M by a certain Harry Redknapp in early January. Harry had said during his tax evasion trial that he was not good at business, and we agree with that.
And he also shouldn’t expose everything he knows to those pals of his in the press, and how is it going to be if and when he becomes the England manager?
The sooner Newcastle negotiate a new contract with Ba the better it will be for Newcastle, and the 26 year-old has already said he really likes it on Tyneside, so that should help.
In the interview Sullivan pours the blame onto former manager Avram Grant, and he tries to make it absolutely clear the Israeli was the one responsible for West Ham being relegated, when they had so many good players in the squad.
David Sullivan and David Gold had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Of course not.