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Everton Wanted To Take Demba Ba To Goodison Park

8:44 am, Sunday, September 16th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Everton boss David Moyes has said today how Everton had tried to get Newcastle striker Demba Ba to Goodison Park, but that was last summer,  and their efforts failed to land the free agent from West Ham United.

Demba Ba - 17 goals so far for Newcastle

Demba Ba was available as a free agent after being released by West Ham when  they had been relegated in May of 2011, and Ba had that specific release clause put in his contract, when he had signed from Hoffenheim in January of last year for the London club.

He had earlier failed a fitness test at Stoke City, because of his knee, but he passed the medical at the London club.

All we had heard at the time of the Demba Ba deal to Newcastle last summer,  was that he had returned from vacation and his agent had said Newcastle were ready to sign him, and he said he was happy to do that.

But of course we had to pay around £2M to his agent(s) to secure a deal – so it wasn’t exactly a free transfer.

This is what Moyes said in the build up to the Everton – Newcastle game tomorrow night at Goodison Park:

“He was close to coming here. He was somebody I was really interested in and for different reasons it just didn’t come off.”  “I have had plenty of ‘what-might-have- beens’, don’t worry about that.”

“We needed a centre-forward and we were struggling for goalscorers. We couldn’t get that formula to get us goals.”

We suppose Everton could have moved for Ba in the summer when his release clause, said to be for around £7M, ran for a couple of months in June and July, but as far as we know no club came in for him in the summer, although the Senegal International had let everybody know he didn’t want to leave Newcastle.

And the very quiet player got his way, and of course last season Ba scored 16 goals in the Premier League for Newcastle and so far has one goal this season, a cracker of a goal in the first game against Tottenham at St. James’ Park.

In total Demba Ba has scored 17 goals in 40 appearances for Newcastle – not too bad at all – and he’s an excellent player and a very good striker and it’s great he’s still on Tyneside.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Sep 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Falling into a pit full of tarantulas,scorpions and rattlesnakes is too good for Ashley.

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Jail up at sparrows’ for his first post dig at big Mike. I missed that lately.

  • 3 Charlietoon // Sep 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    JFA your a mega douche. I’m nominating you for biggest douche in the universe.

  • 4 Graeme // Sep 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    It doesnt matter how close they thought he was to joining Everton – he plays in Black & White as a NEWCASTLE player, long may it continue.

    All we need to do is work out how to get the best out of BOTH our strikers, on a consistent basis, even if that means rotating them one game at a time and bring in someone who can play alongside both of them!!

    They just seem far to similar to play alongside each other – there appears to be no understanding between them. Hopefully that will change this season!!

  • 5 Jan Stavik // Sep 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Hopefully Ba will be moved out to the left hand side soon – then Cisse can continue his scoring spree. Now, Ba is occupying too much space in the middle, Cisse is not getting involved enough.

  • 6 ArtyH // Sep 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    How can this be difficult for two class forwards??? When one is in the most advanced position with the best chance of getting to the ball, he is the center forward and the other takes up the slack, its called team work. Or just wait for A.P to say something like ” switch ” and their roles change, its not difficult!!!




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