It’s A Two Stage Process To Keep Demba Ba At Newcastle


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.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    As I said, everyone needs to be emailing him or through Twitter to let him know we want him to stay!

    Hinestly I think if he left hed be getting himself a rep as a bit of a mercenary.

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    would be a shame if we lost for as little as 7m

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    lost him*

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  • geoff777

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    The beauty with Newcastle is that players can become stars and they are loved by the Geordie fans.

    Go to a so called “bigger” club and they could be warming the bench and rotated. In cities with two or more teams they don’t get the adulation they get on Tyneside.

    Plus there are lots of French speaking Muslim players at the club.

    I think he’d be crazy to go anywhere else.

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  • ToonHeart

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    @geoff777 – Totally agree!!
    warming the bench and rotated is exactly what they will be doing being with a “bigger club”.

    I have this feeling that Ba wants to stay as Newcastle are on the up. And with Cisse being here I don’t think he would want to go anywhere else.
    I might be wishing for too much here but I’m sure players won’t be that interested to move especially if we are as high up the table at the ned of the season and bringing more players in. Here’s to NUFC!!! 😀

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  • wingspan

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    I like this blog ed. But the line where u said “if he hasnt signed a new deal by the summer we have no chance of keeping him” is the most ridiculous thing uve evdr wrote. How do u know that? U drinkin buddies? He only said last wk that hes loving life here especially now pappis is here and i know footballer say a lot of shite. But i like to think dembas a bit different, i think we all do thats why we love him. Sorry for the rant that line just made me angry.

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  • JAMSHA

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    isnt 6th Good friday?… so we have a game on good friday?

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  • ArtyH

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Its far better to be a part of building something and known to be appreciated for that than to be just going somewhere that is already established.
    BA and the others are on the cusp of Geordie folk-law history and if they achieve success at the Toon in the next few years ( and its possible ) their names will NEVER be forgotten!
    IMHO I dont think Demba will move as he is enjoying life up here and has a great new pair of strike partners.

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  • martoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    I can only dream about earning that much money but you would imagine you reach a point where you can’t possibly spend it all. So then surely it becomes less about the money and more about personal preference. Hopefully Ba is settled here and reasonably happy with the progress of the team and to top it all he even has a supply of his beloved syrup.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Ba is happy here – I am not worried!

    …especially not if we qualify for Europe.

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  • mr.guilfoyle@hotmail.co.uk

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #11

    if he`s as happy as he says he is he`ll stay. he has two years on his current deal. since cisse`s arrival he has dropped deeper and has become more involved in link up play, so he`s not getting the headlines. people in football, the press especially, tend to have short memories anyway. i think redcrapp`s intention when he mentioned clauses was to test the water and it does worry me that spurs might come back in for him in the summer. however, it goes back to my first point, if he`s happy he`ll stay. a move to spurs would solely be about money because they`ve only shown interest because they think he might be cheap. he`ll see thru that. one love, one heart, let`s get two dembas and feel alright

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  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Hopefully Newcastle staff are assuring him that the club will grow again next season, which is important. Hopefully Newcastle already has some of the summer signings lined up, and are set to expand ready for Europe and somehow improving on position in the premier league against the superspenders.

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Martoon i totally agree, he doesn’t sound like a greedy person, and on those type of wages there isn’t much that you can’t buy. Within reason of course. Also if this rumour about chelsea is true its a little arrogant of them, they are a club with an aging team that is on the decline and nufc are going from strength to strength with a squad of young, hungry players. Its a no brainer for him if you ask me.

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  • Ericles

    Mar 29, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #14

    I think Ba knows he is best off with NUFC and that he has a great future at a TOP CLUB like ours. Surely tie 5th and with a good chance of Euro soccer next season constitutes a top club? Liverpool are called a “top club” and they are well below us. Trouble is will Ashley see the cash till resounding if a stiff cash offer comes in for our Demba? If a so-called top club want him then they will have to be higher up the table than us. That brings it down to wage offers and chances of Euro football fromother clubs. As we have Cisse at the club too I reckon Ba will stay. I just hope Demba realises he is playing in front of the TOP FANS of a real TOP CLUB!!!

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  • chuck

    Mar 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Lotta wishfull thinking on this blog!
    Lets get it straight right now, the issue will be decided by money on offer, the more the better chance of signing him.
    And certainly the opportunity to play in either London or Paris will not hurt.
    Grow up folks !

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Ba is only doing what a lot of other players do when they sign for us. They use us as a stepping stone to greater things.Loyalty does not exist in our game any more. people who think he will stay because of the geordie public are out of touch with reality. Ok he has probably enjoyed his time here, enjoyrd scoring goals for us, but the main reason he wanted to do well was for himself,so come end of season he can negotiate a better deal with a bigger club and go on to fullfill his ambitions. he will do what HE wants to do not what we want him to.

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  • bills-son

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #17

    stuart no9 // Mar 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM – Ba is only doing what a lot of other players do when they sign for us. They use us as a stepping stone to greater things.

    Really?

    And who in recent years has used us a ‘stepping stone to greater things’ …

    Given? N’Zogbia? Bassong? Martins? Beye? Owen? Duff? Barton? Nolan? Carroll? Enrique?

    The only one I can think of is Milner … but then the a couple of domestic cups, whilst more than we have won, is hardly greater things on the scale of a Prem title (yet) or A Champs Lge.

    More delusional backhanded digs at Ashley from the blinkered doom moner Stuart09.

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  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 30, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #18

    fair doos, but Owen did get a winners medal at Man Utd and scored the winner in the manchester derby. So even though he warms the bench at best, it depends how you see it.

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  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 30, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Duff left when we got relagated, im sure he’d hop back now if he could.

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