We suppose it had to happen, and there are reports this morning in the papers, suggesting that Newcastle could sweeten the deal to get Andy Carroll back from Liverpool, by offering Demba Ba in a part exchange plus cash offer.
A fit looking Demba Ba in action in Germany Monday night
If all the news is to be believed, and sometimes that’s difficult at this time of year, Ba has that £7M release clause in his contract that runs out at the end of this month, but any deal to get Carroll back, that also means Demba Ba leaving Newcastle for Liverpool, would not be a good deal for Newcastle – in fact it would be a backward step.
We are not saying the powers that be at Newcastle want to do this, and we suppose if you put two and two together, it’s hardly surprising there will be reports saying that Demba Ba could be part of the deal – which is being reported in today’s Northern Echo.
If we are honest, then both Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are better strikers than Andy Carroll, and probably better technical players too, and while and it would be good to have Carroll back on Tyenside, we have to think any deal is going to be very difficult for Newcastle to agree with Liverpool.
Newcastle should not pay anywhere close to the £20M Liverpool are asking, and if the Merseyside club are firm on that figure, Newcastle should let West Ham or some other club pay that for Carroll – it’s not good value.
Newcastle still need to bring in a 4th striker this summer to add to Cisse, Ba and Shola Ameobi, but there are other young strikers around that Newcastle could bring in, for a lot less than it will cost them to get Andy Carroll back on Tyneside.
The most important thing is to keep both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse at the club this summer – whatever else happens.