News today that Turkish club Galatasaray have ended their interest in Newcastle’s Senegal striker Demba Ba.
Demba Ba – asking for £70K/week?
And to think we didn’t know they were even interested in Demba.
Of course we have no idea if these reports are true, but apparently Ba is asking for £70K/week wages, and that’s too much for the Turkish club, and manager Fatih Terim is keen not to disrupt the team spirit at the Turkish club by paying new players exorbitant wages.
Galatasary won the Turkish League title last season with 77 points from their 34 games, and were 9 points ahead of their fierce rivals Fenerbahce, who were in second place.
If we are to believe the reports on Demba Ba’s contract, as espoused in such great detail in January, by both Harry Redknapp and West Ham co-owner David Sullivan, the release clause for the player is in the region of £7M, and it’s supposed to be active from June 1st until the end of July.
So it’s probably good news that Ba is asking for sky high wages, which is a little strange, since Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had said that Demba Ba is not particularly motivated by money – as long as gets his Strawberry Syrup he seems happy enough. 😀
If Newcastle can hold onto our three main strikers – Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and local lad Shola Ameobi – and bring in 21 year-old Luuk de Jong of FC Twente, then Newcastle will have strikers who will strike terror into opposing defenses next season.
That sounds good to us – in fact it sounds very good to us.
Luuk has been a Newcastle target for a couple of years now, and Graham Carr has regularly watched FC Twente games this last season, and Luuk has scored an impressive 59 goals in 119 appearances for the Dutch club, since he joined from De Graafschap in 2009.
Luuk is currently in the Dutch squad of 23, and Holland were surprisingly beaten 1-0 yesterday by Denmark, in the first Group B match of the Euro 2012 Championships.
Maybe they should have given Luuk a run-out in that second half?