There’s some potentially good news in the local press today, that Demba Ba’s contract negotiations are still going on with Newcastle.
Demba Ba - my guys are working the new deal
The Senegal striker is away on vacation, for a well deserved break, but he says his representative (my guys) are in negotiation with Newcastle, and apparently the talks are still going on.
It was reported in some papers last week that Newcastle would not be offering Demba a new deal, but that seemed odd after Alan Pardew had just said the club would try to renegotiate his contract, to keep him on Tyneside.
His current contract is believed to contain a £7m release clause, and Ba put this out on his Twitter account last night, when asked about rumors that he wasn’t going to sign a new contract:
“I don’t know man. I just enjoy my holiday.” “My guys are working on it. We’ll wait to see how far the talks go.”
Ba was 27 yesterday – so if you want to wish him a happy birthday - and ask him to stay on Tyneside - here’s his Twitter account.
Alan Pardew only last week admitted he was in no way sure Demba Ba would be a Newcastle player in September, as the Newcastle manager had this to say:
“There is a clause there. There is a situation with his contract, and we are in talks with him and his agent. It is not a foregone conclusion that he will stay.”
We hope the 27 year-old stays on Tyneside, and has the chance to form what could be a formidable strike partnership with his Senegal team-mate Papiss Cisse.
But last summer Newcastle had to pay his agents £2M to get him to sign on that free transfer, so we have to hope they’re not trying to line their pockets too much this time around - because that could prevent a deal being made.
This saga may drag on a few weeks yet.