News in the Daily Telegraph today that Tottenham Hotspur are readying a £7M bid for Newcastle striker Demba Ba.
Demba Ba – Tottenham linked with striker
That’s how much is supposed to be the release clause in his contract at Newcastle, which Harry Redknapp let the world know last January.
Newcastle are said to be in negotiations with Ba’s agents on a new contract, while the striker is off on holiday – but if a big club comes in with an offer for the player, he could leave Newcastle this summer.
The Senegal striker had scored 16 goals by mid February for Newcastle, which had propelled Newcastle into a top six position in the league table, but then Demba went off the boil, as his Senegal team mate came in and scored 13 goals in 14 appearances for Newcastle.
If there is a release clause in Ba’s contract, and Alan Pardew has said there is some truth in that, then we would expect at least one club to come in with a bid over the summer, and then we suppose it would then be up to the player.
There is some debate as to whether Newcastle are willing to offer Ba a new deal, as there was news last week that they were not willing to do that, and yet Ba himself over the weekend via his Twitter account, said his guys were talking to Newcastle.
So as far as that goes – take your choice.
This is not really new news on Ba, other than this time it’s Spurs who are said to be the club who are interested, but of course Demba Ba would still have to pass a medical at the new club.
And presumably he could fail it – as he did at Stoke a year last January – and if the club are willing to give Ba a long deal at high wages – that could be a huge financial risk for any club coming in for the player.
But we expect this kind of speculation on Ba to go on until either he signs a new deal at Newcastle, or until another club matches the release clause in his contract.
It would be nice to sort this one out quickly – since there are still three long months to go in the transfer window – but this thing could drag on a bit yet - unfortunately for Newcastle fans.
What do you think?