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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