If the Sunday Express is to be believed today, then Newcastle striker Demba Ba has opened talks in Turkey with both Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.
Demba Ba - in talks in Turkey?
That’s the news this morning, and it’s a little surprising that Galatasaray would be opening talks with the Newcastle striker, because back on June 16th their President Unal Aysal had confirmed the Turkish club was no longer interested in Ba, and he had this to say to the press::
“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.”
And we suppose it could be true that he has opened talks with Fenerbahce, and certainly the many agents that represent him will only get money if he signs somewhere else, and before August 1st rolls around.
That’s because his release clause of £7M, which Harry Redknapp told the world about in January – why, we have no idea – is only active in June and July.
There’s not much more news than the fact he has opened talks in Turkey in the Sunday Express, and of course we have no idea if this story is true, or what the source is for the Express.
But this news was also circulating a couple of days ago in various reports.
If Demba Ba wants to move on from Newcastle for more money – so be it – Newcastle only want players on Tyneside who want to be there.
Whether this news is true or not, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will want to talk to the Senegal striker soon, to understand what his intentions are, as pre-season training starts at Newcastle on July 5th, which is a week on Thursday.
In his first full season in the Premier League last season, Demba Ba scored 16 goals in 36 appearances for Newcastle, and we know manager Alan Pardew wants to keep him at the club, and so do we – but only if he wants to stay.
What do you think?