Alan Pardew had admitted there is some release clause in Demba Ba’s contract, and says some of the news on that in the press is in fact true. Wow – that’s a shock.
Demba Ba – to be offered new deal on Tyneside
And Pardew has said the club are trying to renegotiate Demba’s contract to get him to stay on Tyneside past this summer, but Newcastle will be helpless to stop the Senegal striker from leaving this summer if they don’t get him to sign a new deal soon.
It would only take a top club to come in for him and bid the release price in his contract, and Newcastle would have to sell.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about that today:
“I want Demba to stay. He’s a Newcastle player and all I’m focusing on is that he’s a Newcastle player next season. Mike Ashley tells me he’s a difficult seller of players – and his record suggests that.”
“I sense there’s a bit of warming to Mike in terms of what he’s put in place here. The stadium renaming, we’re never going to get round that, it’s uncomfortable for everybody – even for Mike probably.”
“But we’re trying to do it to get more money.’’
There is some warming going on to Mike Ashley, and that’s simply because the plan he put in place at Newcastle seems to be working, and working very well, and the likelihood is it’s a sustainable plan too, unlike what other clubs are doing – like Manchester City and Liverpool – to name but two.
The UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules will force clubs to balance their books in the next few seasons, and clubs will no longer be allowed to lose big money, like some top English clubs are doing at the moment.
And we see that most pundits are saying that Newcastle have little chance of finishing any higher than 5th place, after tomorrow’s final games of the season in the Premier League – so that’s good news.
All Newcastle can do is to go to Goodison Park against an in-form Everton side, and try to finish the season on a high note with a win – and if they can do that we’ll be happy enough.
It’s been a great season, and the summer transfer window also promises to be one of the most exciting at Newcastle for many a year, with at least two players already agreeing to come to Tyneside, according to the local press.
Wonder if those two players are Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano and Lille right back Mathieu Debuchy?