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Is Demba Ba On His Way To Home-Town Club PSG?

10:39 am, Friday, April 13th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

Demba Ba was born in Sèvres, which is a community in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France, about six miles from the center of Paris.

Demba Ba – on his way to PSG this summer?

Demba  Ba still has a £7M release clause in his contract and Newcastle have been trying to get him to sign a new deal at Newcastle.

But Demba Ba has every right to refuse to sign the deal and Newcastle would have to sell him in the summer for £7M, but apparently Ba himself would get around half of that and there would be little left for Newcastle.

And that would mount up to a huge mistake by the Newcastle club, since the lad is probably worth all of £20M now, so exactly why that clause was put into the contract will be a good question.

It’s about two weeks ago that Alan Pardew asked fans to try to persuade Demba Ba to sign his new deal.

But there are now rumors coming out of the club that Ba wants to move to his home town club Paris Saint Germaine.

We get told of rumors all the time but we’ve been sent a number of them over the last week or so about Ba, but of course we have no idea if they are true.

And the £3M or so he would get as part of the deal, and the huge wages rich Qatar-owned PSG could pay him,  may have already turned his head.

Qatar Sports Investments is now the sole owner of Paris Saint-Germain, and they  originally purchased 70% of  the club last May, but they have now become the sole owner after the American investment fund, Colony Capital,  sold its remaining 30% stake in the French club only recently.

The club’s new owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has said that he is ready to invest €100M (about £83M) to strengthen the team in the summer, and it looks he could Demba  Ba on the cheap,  which is one reason Ba could get even bigger wages at PSG.

We hope this is all not true, but the longer we hear nothing about Demba Ba signing his new contract at Newcastle, the more chance there will be that we’ll lose him in the summer.

But the way we look at it is that if he doesn’t want to stay and play for Newcastle, so be it.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Contracts · Demba Ba · Transfer News and Rumours





37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wor Shearer // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    No comment.

  • 2 BarcelonaMag // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Am I first?

    Who knows if Demba will go. He might be having doubts about being able to combine effectively with Papis. After all, he’s playing in an unfamiliar position on the left of the attack. Hopefully Prds will get the two of them rocking together. Remember Shearer and Ferdinand?

  • 3 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    If he wants to play for PSG then he’ll be off.

    He could end up sitting on the bench watching PSG instead of banging them in front of 50,000 fanatical Geordies.

    He should text Andy Carroll and ask him whether he should leave.

  • 4 sweendog // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    real shame if he leaves .. brilliant player .. well liked as well.
    Theres talk of us already running the rule over das boat/bost .. and luuk jong ..we’ll just have to trust Carr with this one .. I remember we were linked with an 18 years old french striker, I hope we’re still looking at him even if Ba stays ..

  • 5 Whoarya.com // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    You summed it up well Ed;

    “But the way we look at it is that if he doesn’t want to stay and play for Newcastle, so be it.”

    Thats the best policy and thats why we are a top six team

  • 6 wingspan // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdr0pOUPTiI

    Does what he waaaaants

  • 7 beefman13 // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    It would be a massive shame to loose demba but he could go out the door the way he came in on a clause in his contract, there was a few times during the bolton game when he could have put cisse through i just hope there is not some resentment starting to creep in on his behalf, i also noticed jonas would not pass the ball to young fergie last week, not once did he give the lad a pass, it seemed only santon was feeding fergie, i dont like that sort of thing at all, fergie was chomping at the bit to get more involved, i hope pardew noticed that as well.

  • 8 Dannyo // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    We’re, apparently, lining up Bas Dost, Luuk De Jong and Wilifred Zaha, as potential replacements for Ba should he decide to move on.
    If either of the first two came in, i wouldn’t say one word about Ba leaving, as they both have a proven scoring pedigree.
    Zaha tho, he’s overrated and not worth more than MAX £4 mill, at the absolute most.

  • 9 wynsleap // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    If Ba wants to go for the money let him go. Simple as that.
    We want players who want to play for the Toon and its fans not just for the Big Buck.
    The only downside would be that we wouldn’t get much cash for him due to this ridiculous clause in his contract. (I thought Ashley was a shrewd businessman?).
    If he goes let’s bring in someone who wouldn’t be away at the ACON next season. That would be a great help.
    Sorry Demba but be warned – “the grass is not always greener”…. etc.

  • 10 Scottiedog // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    RUMORS!!!!!!!!!! Also can you please print a copy of his contract stating this £7m get out clause or shut up.

    Just for a change can you print something positive as it is unbelievable were we are in the table and almost a cert that we are back in Europe with a very strong team!!

  • 11 LewSpi // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    “He should text Andy Carroll and ask him whether he should leave.”

    Perfect.

  • 12 WWJBD // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    I will lose some respect for him if he goes tbh and I normally don’t mind players after they leave

    Home town is something but would he go to them if they didn’t have have all that money? Hope he proves what I said about him prior to him signing wrong and signs a new contract

  • 13 STB // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    This all comes from the usual shoddy journalism we now have to put up with at the Chronicle.

    If the journos had done their jobs properly, they would have got a copy of what Ba said while special guest on the French Football show “The Specialists” on Tuesday evening.

    He supports PSG and would like to play their one day but said he wants to stay in the Premier League as it is the best league and it suits him. He did not say he wanted to stay at Newcastle though. He said he was frustrated not scoring and that the LW role was not his favourite one but that he was happy to do it if the team kept on winning.
    The bloke came across as a lovely, really humble man. The complete opposite of the bling bling Balotellis, Tevez, Rangers and early K. Dyer’s of this world.

  • 14 martoon // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Scottiedog @10 All Ed is doing is summarising the stories that are circulating at the moment about NUFC. He does state:-
    ‘We get told of rumors all the time but we’ve been sent a number of them over the last week or so about Ba, but of course we have no idea if they are true’
    As we don’t have a game this weekend then transfer stories are bound to to be prominent – like it or not!

  • 15 ArtyH // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    If PSG are going to invest that amount of cash who else are they going to buy? BA should look at the benches at Man City/Utd/Chelsea and other teams who blew loads of cash. He will be far better off at the toon.

  • 16 estechco // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    I really don’t believe this £7m buy out clause exists at all!?!

    My guess would be he has a relegation buy out clause (no big surprise), which when combined with the “Ba gets half of anything over £7m” story, also doing the rounds, gets all merged into this totally fictional contract.

    Get ready for another crazy summer of stories. I suspect our recent rise in fortunes might only make this worse than previous years – doh!

  • 17 bob // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    More scare stories just enjoy watching the guy while he’s here who knows what the summer will bring!

  • 18 markmac // Apr 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    @11 Yeh i lol’d at that too

  • 19 Thump // Apr 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Honestly, if he leaves for PSG he’ll have nothing but my respect. It’s his home town club and that’s a big draw for anybody – look at Big Al himself.

  • 20 derekm // Apr 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    yes but the knee……. either we could lose him for a very long time if or when it goes, or he could fail what would be a stringent medical at PSG or anywhere else for that matter!
    With Cisse now here we can afford to lose him and look for a specialist left sided striking partner more suited as a partnership than asking Ba to adapt.

  • 21 Sav // Apr 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    The Iceman Cometh…

  • 22 Geordiedoonsooth // Apr 13, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    If he wants to go then let him as long as we keep Cisse & HBA. I have complete faith in Carr & Pardew to find a more than adaquate replacement.

  • 23 Nojdani // Apr 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    @bob

    True :)

  • 24 JAMSHA // Apr 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Give us 10mil an u can.have him but no 7mil

  • 25 ady // Apr 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    since he scored 16 goals every one thinks he is top class striker from day one even after 16 goals i think he is bag of shit all his goals are crapy the y decent goal he had was against man u that it rest of all his goals are shit i think we should let him go and try to get better striker i think its time to spend little bit of money and get a striker for like 20m now and then we are all srted may be him Soldado, Roberto or Falcao

  • 26 ToonJovi // Apr 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    The clause was obvioulsy put in his contract as he was able to demand stupid clauses going into his contract as he was on a free and had lots of interest shown in him! impossible to make a loss on him still so not bad business sence!

    But for me looking at Ba’s history it is cause for concern! going on strike at Hoffenheim to force through a move to Stoke! (for more money? or for prem league? u decide)which didnt happen but then went to West Ham with a release clause in his contract which he followed through with! now hes at newcastle with a release clause which i would not be suprised with if he followed that through aswell unfortunatly!

    When he is being sold on a release clause basis this unfortunatly gives him the right to demand more clauses in his contract as which ever club picks him up will be doing so on a cut price deal!

    main concern is that he has demanded to recieve a big lump on any transfer fee made from him… speaks volumes for me!

    money!money!money!

  • 27 headless // Apr 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Great to see how much we all trust Pardew and Carr these days. As for Demba, if he does go for the big wages and pay off I hopeweare all now comfortable enough that we can thank him for a job well done and wish him well. There isn’t the emotional pain that we had from being betrayed by Carroll/Enrique who we had stuck with when they were young/crap, respectively.

    To conclude, please stay with us Demba, don’t go to PSG reserves, but if you do leave us good luck until PSG meet the Toon in the CL final!

  • 28 NUFC_LEAZES END // Apr 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    im sick of all these f**king rumours circulating demba ba and him wanting to leave. either sign a deal and be happy at this club, or f**k off back to paris. he IS replaceable. The same for the danny simpson situation.

  • 29 Charlietoon // Apr 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    What a shame crap like this has to sensationalised. Why do you make our own people out to be incompetent??

    “so exactly why that clause was put into the contract will be a good question”

    I’d say the fact that we got him for free and with his wage being low meant he had the right to say we’ll if someone else wants me you cant just say no and slap a 20m price tag on my head. If he is worth that much you pay him that much. God I would have thought with the number of times you mentioned your previous job that you’d know how a business is run.

  • 30 HBA // Apr 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    In the summer we’ll probably buy more “gems” coz we’ll be in champions league.

    Hope he stays though

  • 31 bills-son // Apr 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Fans saying it is a ‘ridiculous’ clause in Ba’s contract are speaking in hindsight – very easy and just as ridiculous and stupid as they are claiming AShley to be.

    Here are the facts; Stoke agreed a fee of £9M for Ba and then backed out after the medical revealed his knee could go at any moment, finish his career and because of that he was uninsurable.

    Because of that West Ham got him on a free and paid £2M signing on fee but Ba and his agent used this to get West Ham to agree that if they got relegated he could leave immediately on a free and keep his signing on fee. Ba then scored 7 goals in 10 games in a relegation team. BUT – only us and Everton were prepared to take a risk on his uninsurable knee.

    Ba and his agent knew that if it wasn’t for his knee he was worth £12/£15M and £60K-£80K week. So when we offered £35K plus appearance money they would only accept that if there was release clause. I bet they tried for £3M/£4M but the ‘deal’ was done at £7M. At the time it was a good deal for Ba and us.

    BUT – when we signed Ba tons of fans were slagging Ashley for not buying a ‘proper’ CF but a potential crock and one who – after his first 3/4 games – was being labelled ‘another Ameobi’.

    It’s typical that now that Ba has scored 17 goals those same fickle fans are saying the club/Ashley were idiots to agree to the £7M release clause.

    No thet weren’t. They took a gamble on Ba’s fitness and it has paid off. Ba needs to protect his future because his KNEE COULD GO AT ANYTIME and he will go to a club that offers him the most money on a long contract. Simple as that. Ba moving for money alone is entirely different to a normal player without a career threatening knee problem.

    Ashley will have calculated what he is prepared to gamble on Ba in the new contract, if another club is prepared to gamble more, good luck to them and Ba.

    Before Cisse we thought Ba was irreplacable. He isn’t, and there is another Ba or Cisse out there. If Ba goes I have every confidence we’ll find him.

  • 32 mickg108 // Apr 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Scottiedog,,Instead of writing 1 Comment slagging ED off,,try doing as much as ED has & is doing under his own personal difficulties…..Type a constructive comment with your Lego…..tard..

  • 33 moonraker // Apr 13, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Ed FFS what will be will be. No use speculating but I think if we get in the champions league DB wont be able to resist staying for at least another season cos he loves the Toon. :-)

  • 34 cupiddstunt // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    We got him on the “cheap” so to speak, and we have had 16 goals with possibly more to come before the season ends, we will get some money for him when he goes so we have had a win win win situation so far.

    He is playing out left on a three pronged attack and I do believe that he is by far the most replaceable of the three so I am not unduly worried if he goes.

  • 35 shamsoftabriz // Apr 14, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    We need to muster our resources toward keeping HBA and Tiote on Tyneside. Demba Ba–despite all the good play he has given us this year STILL HAS A DEGENERATIVE KNEE CONDITION. Letting him go is a shame, but let’s not kid ourselves that he is the most important player on the team. We can sign another talented striker in the off-season. We should pride ourselves on getting value for our players. Paying Ba a ton of wages when his knee could go at any moment is stupid. Let Qatar do that. We are playing with house money…let’s enjoy our season with Ba, thank him for scoring all those goals for us, applaud, and send him on. De Jong will pair just fine with Cisse and HBA up front.

  • 36 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 14, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    I’m honestly disgusted at some of the almost attacking comments towards Ed. May I suggest in the future, instead of attacking a man that dedicates a fair amount of his personal time to run this site, post some 4-8 stories a day and allow NUFC fans to come together from all corners of the globe and discuss various issues regarding the toon, perhaps you either say some polite and constructive or simply skip the story.

    Secondly, like it or not, this is an issue that has done the rounds on the comments section a lot recently, so why wouldn’t Ed put a story out about it? Personally, I’m not getting dragged in to the Ba situation. We got him on a free, he’s been great for us (we wouldn’t be looking anywhere close to CL without him) and of course I’d love him to stay. If he does have this release clause and wants to go, then he will and we will move on and have a great team to find his replacement.

    Everyone chill and have some respect.

    P.S. Rant over – This has nothing to do with being stuck at Bournemouth airport since 11pm last night waiting for the car hire company to open – only 2 hours 20 mins left :)

  • 37 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 15, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Read most of the reactions on here!

    Am becoming to be a bit tired of all the stories circulating about Ba !Ba can be replaced!

    I am more cocerned about holding onto Krul and Tiote in the summer!

    I know that they are on long term contracts! Krul would be difficult to replace, and i rate hime as one of the best keepers in the world at this moment! He,s that good, and to offer 15Mil for him is more of an insult than an offer!

    Also comments towards Ed are way OTT !

    @10: There is no way on this blog where you can get away with telling wor ED to shut up! He must spend a hell of a lot of time running this blog so that we can converse with eachother!
    S i don,t normally like arguments or name-calling on here usually, but in this case:

    “Bog-off”, Scottiedog! you Plonker!




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