Newcastle Could Sell Demba Ba In Summer – For £40M

Newcastle fans have seen the headlines recently about how some of our big players could be leaving for bigger clubs in the summer.

Demba Ba – 16 goals in PL for Magpies this season – so far

And the way some of the news is reported it’s that they will be leaving, as though Newcastle had now say in the matter.

But with Newcastle looking to be a top team again and now 6th top of the league, and just 2 points behind Chelsea, Newcastle are coming back into the big time,  and quickly too.

So the players already at the club will know success could be just around the corner with Newcastle, who of course have a great history in English football.

Indeed, since we were relegated in May of 2009, we have won the Championship with a massive 102 points and 30 wins, and if we hadn’t gone to sleep in the last 30 minutes of  last season and conceded 3 goals to West Brom,  we would have finished in 9th place.

But that 3-3 draw shoved us down to 12th place in the league and behind Sunderland, but it was still a very good first season back for the Magpies.

And with some stellar wins this season,  Newcastle are becoming a high profile club once again, and things off the field are looking good too.

Newcastle are  very close to balancing their books, as Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley have finally got a grip on the wage bill, and that bodes  well for the successful future of the club.

Certainly, along with Arsenal, Newcastle are the best run club in the Premier League as far as the financials go, and they will become even more important as the Financial Fair Play rules take effect over the next few years.

And Newcastle have sensibly signed up their top players to long term deals so if other clubs want them – they will have to pay a pretty penny to get them, as Newcastle showed when they sold Andy Carroll to  Liverpool, but only for a massive £35M in cash up front.

And we also expect Newcastle to offer Demba Ba a new deal, and if there is a £7M release clause in his current contract, they will take it out – or increase it to say £40M.

Alan Pardew addressed the matter yesterday:

“I think anyone who looks at this ­football club will know we are difficult sellers.”  

“Someone is going to have to pay a lot of money to take one of our players away, ­especially considering where we are right now.”

“But I’d be very, very surprised to see someone sold, because all of our best players are on long-term contracts here.”

Alan has to be very careful what he says about players leaving the club, because he told the Newcastle fans Andy wasn’t leaving early last year, and then seemed as shocked as anybody when Mike Ashley finally agreed to sell the local striker to Liverpool.

But things are in good shape at Newcastle, both on and off the field, and Newcastle don’t need the money anywhere near as much as they did 15 months ago.

But if Liverpool or Chelsea or some other club comes in with more money than sense,  and  bids say £40M for Demba Ba, as just one example, then Newcastle may even take it – in cool cash up front of course.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    As much as I admire this blog you just blatanly made that headline up,sensationalism at its best 🙂

  • check the toastie

    Mar 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    better comments from pardew, miles better than just an admission that we will have to sell, if a decent offer comes in, donut.

  • pbNcl

    Mar 24, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    With our current financial position looking so strong, I don’t see why we gotta sell anybody of top quality. So it would be for crazy money, but to sell a striker with 16goals would be crazy even for 40m. I don’t wanna see the club as a revolving door of transfers. We need the stability

  • valle

    Mar 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Yah that was English journalism at its worst shown by Ed here, what a joke, that 40 mllion fee was totally fabricated and i dont believe any of that “i dont get money for hits” thing. You wouldnt make up these headlines and 5+ stories a day if you didnt earn a pretty penny on it.

  • steve

    Mar 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Nobody is going to pay 40million for Demba. We have to stop comparing every transfer to Andy Carroll. That was a one off we wont be getting massive bids like that for all our players.

    Realistic values would be around 10-15 mil for Krul, possibly more. 15-20 million for Tiote, 10-15 Cabaye, again maybe more. 15-25 million for Demba depending on how he finishes the season.

    Like Ed has done I have just picked the number out of thin air but I would say these are closer to the mark than 40+ million for a player

  • geoff777

    Mar 24, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Stick to plagiarising Ed, this is really bad.

  • Szarka

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Its much more reasonable than 40 mill.

    Aldo 1 or 2 is underrated IMO ( like Krul ), I think these numbers are mostly the closest to real value.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    We are like another Arsenal alot of French players or based players and if the right offer comes in they sell BUT they still do well in the league with good replacements. Like Arsenal sold Narsi for £20m or something while Fabergas was £30m, while we sold Enrique for £6m, Nolan for £4.5m Carroll for £35m and let Barton go, but got better replacements

  • ArtyH

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Don’t forget that M.A is STILL providing an inerest free loan to our team of over £100m! At some point he will ( as anyone would ) want it back, think of the interest he is loosing on £100m, that is supposed to be from his own personal finances. Not many people would do that for the stick he has had to suffer over the last few years, got to give him some credit there and a bit more support! I’m starting to change my oppinion of Ashley considering where we are now and what we have achieved this year.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry but thats a thumbs down from me too. completely unsubstantiated. As regards the way the club is ran financially, im with ArtyH with this one, he hasnt seen any sort of return on his investment, so we should maybe cut him some slack.

  • Sav

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    So Demba Ba is going to sign a long-term deal with us so we can sell him for £40 million ? Did I miss out a crucial step there, or what…?
    We got a bargain, he’s been great and a model pro, if we are the club he likes and we match what Chelsea et al will pay him (highly unlikely), he’ll stay. Otherwise, he’ll wave Ba Ba, Mike will trouser a 7million consolation prize and we all move on. Seemples.

  • toonfan

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    This article may as well read “Newcastle to sign Messi for 40 million. Totally ridiculous. I agree with the comment from earlier. Stick to copying stories from other websites.

  • hobobicus

    Mar 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Right I’ve been reading this blog for awhile decided to post on this article as I’m annoyed by some of the comments. Firstly to the guy who claims ed makes up stories for money, you realise ed doesn’t have high level advertising so it won’t pay out much per hit, and as you’d only be paid by unique ip and this site doesn’t have a massive following he won’t earn much. But mainly due to the people who can’t read, yes the title is misleading. But he only speculates they’ll raise the release clause. As is common across Europe the release clause is above market value to hold onto better talent. Doesn’t mean he’s worth 40 mil. Just don’t like seeing people jump on eds back, have you compared this blog to similar sized clubs? They could only dream of something as good as this

  • Jarralad

    Mar 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #14

    well said hobo

    Been reading this blog every day for years, and i for one am totally grateful for ed’s workrate and guts in writing while so ill

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15

    I think it would take silly money to prize any of our players away. I’d like to see Demba tied up in a new contract, so that we at least get a good figure for him if we allow him to leave. But having said that I think Papiss arriving could help persuade him to stay. Other teams will improve next summer, so we can’t hope to punch above our weight again next season, we’ll have to spend some money to keep ourselves up there. Steven Taylor fit will be big too.

  • Grafton83

    Mar 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Agree with everything hobo just said. I really like reading this blog, it must take up a fair amount of time and effort to keep us all up to date all the time and i for one am very grateful.

    For those that don’t like it, find another one or start your own but don’t be rude to the creator. Blog on.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said hobobicus.

    Some people don’t realize the effort put into this Blog by Ed and his gang. It must be tiring but he never quits keeping in mind the different time zones as Ed’s in the US (8 hrs difference?), not to mention the treatment he receives for his illness which must be a nightmare for anyone. The very last thing Ed or any of us want and need is abuse and Ed certainly doesn’t deserve it. This blog is usually a clean one with great banter and humour among NUFC fans across the globe and if it weren’t for Ed I wouldn’t have been able to express my love for the club with all of you. I have been here since the beginning of the blog that seems decades ago. Long live the greatest Blog in the world.

    Ps. I hope Ed and co do get something out of this blog he deserves every penny.


  • nico

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed come on – I’m suprised at you writing this. There’s no way Newcastle would get 40million for someone with a plastic knee even if they did tie him to a new contract

  • valle

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #19

    If you truly believe that Ed makes up a headline like this without some sort of agenda then you truly are blind and i would worry for you if you are in control over your own finances, plenty of people out there who takes advantage of people with good hearts such as yourself to put it nicely.


    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    If an offer did come in for BA for 40 Mil! Such an offer like that would be accepted and rightly so!

    As to the people above who have reacted on herewith Criticising Wor Ed! ———- Shame On You!———-!!!

    It may be that he is correct and such aan offer will be made in the Summer! It is extremely unlikely but is possible!

  • chuck

    Mar 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Ed. your blog is more sensational than the tabloids sometimes.
    With a lotta if’s.
    In order to sell the guy (Ba) for forty big ones, his contract would have to be re-negoiated, with a rumored five million signing on fee and the removal of the seven million escape claus.
    Plus a heafty increase in his current thirty five grand a week salary.
    Lotta if’s there !,

  • valle

    Mar 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Wor Ed!?!?… Geez some of you wannabe’s make me puke


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