News in the Daily Mail and Metro this morning, that Alan Pardew will meet Demba Ba this week in Newcastle,. to find out what his intentions are in the summer.
Demba Ba – Newcastle seek an answer this week on his intentions
The Senegal International has been linked with moves to both Tottenham and Galatasaray, and Newcastle are keen to find out what the 27 year-old’s intentions are, so they can plan their summer transfer activity and targets.
Newcastle believe that agents acting on behalf of Ba have been touting his name around Europe over the last month, in an attempt to get a deal completed, that would use the £7M release clause he has in his contract.
But the agents work for Demba Ba, and it’s not the other way around, so Newcastle want to find out before pre-season, whether he is seeking a move away from Tyneside, and pre-season at Newcastle starts two weeks today.
Ba had an excellent first campaign in the Premier League at Newcastle, and scored 16 goals which helped the Magpies to finish in 5th position in the league.
It is thought that his agents have also held some discussions with Fenerbahce, and there are now calls coming from former Newcastle players, that he needs to decide if he wants to stay at Newcastle, or go after better wages elsewhere.
If it’s the latter he will be moved out, because Newcastle no longer pamper their players with ridiculous wages as they did in the past, and if he wants better money elsewhere, he will be helped to move out.
Newcastle are still keen to keep the player on Tyneside, even though they recently bid £8m for Dutch striker Luuk de Jong, which was rejected by his club FC Twente.
It is thought that de Jong will be brought in independent of Demba Ba’s situation, but if the Senegal striker is moved out then another striker will be brought in, with both Nile Ranger and Leon Best both expected to make a move out of Newcastle this summer.