Demba Ba Not Signing For Galatasaray

It seems that Turkish Champions Galatasaray are no longer interested in signing top Newcastle striker Demba Ba.

Demba Ba – will not be joining Galatasaray

That will be good news for Newcastle fans, and only 45 days to go until Demba’s release clause ends, at the end of July.

There was news earlier in the week that Galatasaray had agreed to the £7M release clause, and if that was true, it wouldn’t have been much of a surprise.

But then the news was that Ba’s wage demands were too high, and the Turkish club were cooling on the potential signing.

There is new news that their President Ünal Aysal has confirmed the club is no longer interested in Ba.

This is what Ünal  said:

“Ba’s name was suggested to us by a committee member and we opened negotiations after approval from manager Fatih Terim.”

“However, negotiations have stopped. We already have Johan Elmander and have two other strikers.”

“The future of Milan Baros is uncertain and if he leaves, we will replace him with a bigger name. Demba Ba is not that striker.”

Newcastle pulled out of any potential deal for FC Twente center-back Douglas today, because he had too many people representing him, and the potential deal  was getting too complex, and his agents’ demands were getting out of hand for Newcastle.

And there could be a similar thing going on with Demba Ba, who has many agents said to speak for him, although his younger brother Hamady is thought to be one of his agents, and presumably the most important.

But it could be that other clubs will become disinterested in Demba Ba, because of the number of agents he seems to have, and the potential complexity of the deal.

We hope so.

Comments welocme.

32 comments so far

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #1

    From last post:

    Before drawing conclusions, this is the Star lads so not exactly the most fact related media item. Like Rich says I can see why he’d go to Spurs but on the other hand I think why? Believe we would be a better option for him to develop his career and become a top player as he will get more 1st team chances as Spurs have plenty of cover in the LB area. Tsunki as well do not doubt this lads ability as he is a talented individual who Fergie wants to keep but with Fryers wants more opportunities to showcase his talents. Though to be honest if we sign Debuchy then Ezekiel’s chances will still be restricted as it’s unlikely he’ll start ahead of Santon however he’d be a possibility for CB as well as he’s a big, physical lad with the versatility to play there just as well.

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #2

    On Demba, think it seems more likely he’ll stay then go in all honesty!

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Which of course is a great thing for the club!

  • Beattie25

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #4

    If we have pulled out of the race for Douglas then maybe, just maybe, we have moved forward in a deal with another target

  • Baro

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #5

    this is the best news ever!!! I truely love Demba Ba at this club. He is one hell of a striker, tremendous qualities, we have not had 2 strikers like Demba Ba+Cisse in a while. Now, this is the start of something special….. only way to add on is to keep the key pieces….

  • Baro

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #6

    This summer, we have to add depth to our squad. Obviously the main reason is due to Europa League. More games, more fatigue. I want two new center backs, a right back and left back…. and two strikers…… a wonderkid, and another….

  • Baro

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #7




    Ben Arfa———???/Jonas



  • mattnufc

    Jun 17, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #8

    You will be dissapointed then Baro.

  • Baro

    Jun 17, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #9


    ya i believe ya…. i was asking for too much wasn’t I ? LOL!

  • TorqToon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #10

    @MathieuDebuchy: #nufc #newcastleunited

    Debuchy tweeted this overnight! Wander what it could mean?!?!

  • TorqToon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #11

    @MathieuDebuchy: #nufc #newcastleunited

    Debuchy tweeted this overnight! Wonder what it could mean?!?!

  • TorqToon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #12

    News so good it posted twice!! Haha

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #13

    I dont think that twitter page is authentic lad ..

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #14

    That’s a fake account. He’s in euro now. No deals until it’s over.

  • TorqToon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Is it not? I thought if it had the blue tick beside the name it had been authenticated?! That’s a shame…got me hopes up and everything! Never mind…might still happen!!


    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #16

    I did,nt release that this release clause in Ba,s contract expires after a certain date? (end July )

    Where did you get that Info from Ed?

    Galatasaray are quoted on another post that Ba does not have a big enough name for them.
    Not too sure what that means but MONEY probably has something to do with the complication of any proposed move. More so than the players name.

    If the release clause ends on 31 July then that will be the end of this BA saga, and it is keeping a lot of people busy guessing exactly what is going on as far as regards BA.

    @11: I don,t use Twitter. What did Debuchy say though?

    I still think we may have a chance of getting him, even inspite of other clubs sniffing around ! As long as France stay in the EK, his price will be on the increase!

    Unfortunately by the time of the EK Final, he may be out of our Price-Range!


    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #17

    “Realise” that he his release clause ended 31 July 2012?

    What a plonker i am sometimes !

  • chris_g

    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #18

    More breaking news via twitter

    Colyn ?@CNarr07

    Sky Italia reporting that Demba Ba has gone to Narnia via a secret passage in the back of Ryan Taylor’s wardrobe. #nufc

  • davybtoon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #19

    We are taking to long to get deals done

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #20

    If its got the blue tick then its real but sure that doesnt have one

  • bills-son

    Jun 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #21

    The total cost to sign Ba on a 3 year deal would be c£20M and he is uninsurable. If his knee goes it’s £20M down the drain.

    I can’t see any club other than the mega rich ones like Citeh or PSG taking that gamble – and I don’t think even they will.

    My bet is Ba will be staying at NUFC – for the long term.

  • Grafton83

    Jun 17, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #22

    If he can get more money elsewhere he’ll go, I’m not saying that to be unkind it’s the way it is. Plenty of clubs will be in for him.

    I think Galatasary are not a big enough name for Ba not the other way around. PSG could happen. I’m just hoping there are enough complications such as medicals and agents that a deal never gets done in time and he stays.

  • bills-son

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Grafton83 – you are wrong, its not about Ba getting more money. If it was just that a ton of clubs would be battling it out now for a fee of just £7M.

    You and many other fans + Ed just dont seem to get that Ba in uninsurable. If a club pays £7M + a £2/3M signing on fee + agents fee + a 3 year deal at £60K-£80K a week thats a £20M gamble that could be lost if Ba’s knee goes.

    Thats why my bet is he’ll stay – clubs won’t take that gamble and thats why he they arent queueing up to sign him.

  • DraperNUFC10

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Everyone follow me on twitter @Daniel_Draper95, I’ll follow back!!

  • GSforever

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Grafton83 !! Galatasaray isnt a big name for Demba Ba ?? you are talking about a player who 4 years ago was playing for a club called mouscron and only made a name for himself cos he scored 16 goals in the premiership last season.Galatasaray has a 400 year history, won european trophies and the powerhouse of its country with a massive budget.Galatasaray can easily bring a much much bigger name then Demba Ba.I have a lot of respect for Newcastle so when you are talking about other clubs show some respect too.You say PSG could happen which shows your knowledge about football.a club which was founded in 1970 is a bigger name then Galatasaray ?? lol

  • Grafton83

    Jun 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Bills-son are you saying he’s not insured at our club then, other than getting him on a free didnt we take an almost identical risk with his contract or does it have performance/fitness clauses in there.

    However we’ve done it I’m sure another club could do it the same way. His stock has certainly gone up so for £7m I’m pretty sure he’ll get snapped up by someone.

  • Grafton83

    Jun 17, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #27

    I didn’t say PSG is a bigger club than Galatasaray. I just said that was a move that could happen which i based on how much money they have and the fact that he previously expressed an interest in going there. I would say they’re quite similar in terms of thier current status in European football.

    As much as you can argue that your team is a powerhouse in Turkey and gets European football so do Celtic in Scotland. It was insulting for your chairman to say the club was too big for him, he will have better offers in my opinion.

  • GSforever

    Jun 17, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #28

    yes grafton,our chairman never said he wasn’t good enough for the club he said “we are looking for a big name and established world star and demba ba isnt that name”.Galatasaray doesn’t just get european football they challenge big clubs and have won european trophies in the past.and the turkish league is much more entertaining then you think and the standards have gone really high in the past out for us in the CL this year.we will be back with a bang.I wouldnt mind Demba Ba at Gala but he will leave in january for AFC and we already have Eboue who will leave so its not really ideal.good luck to Newcastle,they seem to be going back to their good days.

  • demboy

    Jun 17, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #29

    BARO? is your really surname? me too i have BRO as family name coming from senegal and the same BA’s ethnic.

  • arctoa

    Jun 18, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #30

    Is this the same Turkish league whose teams are getting kicked out of European competition next season for being financial basket-cases?

    Nonetheless, with Ba being a practising Muslim the Galatasaray link is a plausible one. However, to defend both sides it should be pointed out that Paris is Ba’s home-town and PSG are loaded with money, so that’s a more-likely destination if he were to go anywhere. I’m not sure he’d be happy being a bench-warmer in Paris, though!

  • aytac007

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #31

    yeah besiktas got banned because they have massive debt and bursaspor appealed to cas and got the decision over turned, fenerbahce got away with murder, they manipulted and fixed matches for 2010-2011 and bought themselves the league title and uefa didnt ban them this season. but gala is not cash strapped they have a lot of dough to spend

  • aytac007

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #32

    i personally would want kevin mirallas rather than demba ba


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