Alan Pardew has talked today to BBC Newcastle, and he says he hopes that Demba Ba will stay on Tyneside this summer.
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But every day there seems to be another story about Ba, and it’s probably due to the many agents who are said to represent him, and of course agents will go far to get some publicity, in the hope it will help them close a deal for the well-liked Newcastle striker.
It all started a week or so ago, with a report that Tottenham were coming in for him, and then over the last few days he’s been linked with Turkish Champions Galatasaray, but there’s no deal there, according to the latest news from the Turkish club.
Pardew told BBC Newcastle that other clubs have been interested in the striker, ever since he arrived at Newcastle last summer:
“Ever since he signed with us we’ve had it, I don’t think it’s going to go away.” “We want him to stay, the fans do too, and we hope that will be the case.”
The Senegal striker arrived on a free transfer from West Ham, almost exactly a year ago, and he hit 16 goals last season, before his goal-scoring seemed to dry up, once his Senegal team-mate Papiss Cisse arrived at Newcastle, and Cisse hit an amazing 13 goals in 14 games.
And Newcastle have a tough start to the season, with 5 games in the first 15 days of the season, and two Europa League qualifying games are now in the mix for the second half of August.
Alan talked about the tough start Newcastle will have to make to the season:
“It’s significantly tougher, we had a softer start than most last season.” ”This year we’re in at the deep end, pre-season it will be important we’re up to speed for the first game.”
“It shows the demands of the Premier League, with two tough games. But on the back of last year we’re hoping to get positive results in those two games.”
The International break come in the first two weeks of September, and it will be interesting at that time, to see how well Newcastle have done in their first five games of the season.
We have to hope at a minimum that we have qualified for the Europa League group stages, which will see Newcastle in a group of four, and there will be six games to play in Europe, before the end of the year.