Chelsea are interested in him, and news today that Tottenham may try to sign him in the summer – that’s a surprise.
Demba Ba – after scoring against Aston Villa
The player in question is of course Demba Ba, who has been a huge success at Newcastle this season with 16 Premier League goals.
The Senegal striker is supposed to have a £7M release clause in his contract, according to Harry Redknapp, and news only last week that Newcastle are offering Ba a new deal.
The news is that the Tyneside club is willing to increase the base wages of the striker from £35K to £50K a week, and in addition Newcastle are said to offer the 26 year-old a £5M signing-on fee, spread across the four year deal.
That makes it around £74K/week in total, if that is indeed the Newcastle offer.
But other clubs will be able to offer more, and that’s especially true if they can pick him up for only £7M – and Ba gets about half of that fee for himself apparently, if David Sullivan, the West Ham co-owner is to be believed.
Why these people think it’s okay to talk about contracts of players at other clubs, we have no idea.
The first stage of Newcastle keeping Demba Ba on Tyneside is to get him to sign a new contract, which will presumably not have a release clause in it, or something like £40M if there is a release clause in the contract.
Alan Pardew asked Newcastle fans only last week to let Demba Ba know they want to keep him at Newcastle, and he is to meet with his agent this week or early next week to discuss the new deal offered by Newcastle.
But we are very wary of agents, who often make decisions based on what’s best for them (how much can I make on this deal), rather than what’s best for their client.
But if the summer arrives and Ba has not signed a new deal, there will be little hope of keeping him.
And even if he does sign a new deal, the Newcastle club will still get offers coming in for him, and they will need to be resisted, if we are to keep the lad on Tyneside.
But at least if he’s signed the deal, those offers would have to be monumental for Newcastle to sell, and the club do not need the money as much as they did 15 months ago, when we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
Ba is forming a great striking partnership up front with fellow Senegal striker Papiss Cisse, and with the mercurial Ben Arfa, they form an attacking trio of immense skill and goal-scoring ability when Pardew plays in a 4-3-3 formation.
And we witnessed that in the f irst half last Sunday, when we routed West Brom 3-0 before half-time.
We have to hope when September rolls around that Demba Ba is still at the club.