There’s a little bit of confusion today about the status of Demba Ba, because there are reports in the Daily Telegraph that Newcastle are refusing to renegotiate Demba Ba’s contract at Newcastle.
Demba Ba – ina ction for Newcastle last season
Ba’s contract is supposed to contain a £7M release clause in it, and that was leaked by Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp in January – and why he did that we have no idea, but it was hardly very professional or ethical.
The co-owner of West Ham, David Sullivan, also released even more details about Ba’s contract shortly after Harry had spilled the beans, and again why David felt that was the right thing to do we have no idea.
The news today is that Newcastle have decided not to offer Demba Ba a new deal, and we can only think that may be because Ba and his agents have said they wouldn’t sign it.
It seems odd that Alan Pardew was telling everybody a few weeks back that Newcastle were going to offer the Senegal striker a new deal, and then they announce that’s not going to happen.
Maybe this is the top player that Alan Pardew keeps saying could leave the club in the summer, but we’d like to know what happened behind the scenes that Demba Ba is not now being offered a new deal.
Ba has said he is happy at Newcastle, but when he didn’t score once his Senegal team mate Papiss Cisse arrived on Tyneside in February, and Alan Pardew played him out on the left wing in a 4-3-3 formation.
Maybe the 26 year-old wants to to be the top striker somehow else?
If the details of his contract are true, then Demba Ba will be able to talk to any club that comes in with a bid of £7M, and clubs will not have to wait either, and a deal could be struck at any time – and the new contract signed on July 1st.
If David Sullivan is to be believed, Newcastle will only get half of that fee, and half will go to Demba Ba – although we believe his agent(s) will be highly compensated too – as always – they help to write the contracts after all.
Ba’s proposed £5M move from Hoffenheim to Stoke City in January of 2010 collapsed because of an old knee injury, and he failed the Stoke medical.
But since then he has withstood a full season in the Premier League and scored 16 goals, so we expect some top clubs to come in for him.
If Demba Ba does leave, we expect Newcastle to bring in another top striker, and maybe it’s Luuk de Jong from FC Twente, the 21 year-old Dutch International striker.
What do you think about this?