Liverpool Interested In Demba Ba – But They May Have Problems


The rumors are back about Demba Ba and this time he’s linked with Liverpool, and we wonder how many times there will be articles about some team coming in during the January transfer window after Ba, when apparently that release clause of his is active again – the summer was bad enough.

Demba Ba – in action against Norwich City

Newcastle have tried to get Demba Ba onto a new and improved contract over his current deal which is said to get him £50K/week, but Newcastle have been surprised at the wage demands of the Senegal striker.

And don’t be surprised if the people who represent Ba ask for daft money up front for themselves, and a ridiculously high wage for Ba, so that it will be difficult for any incoming club to forge a deal for the player.

That’s what we are hoping in any case, but to have this situation arise again after his release clause was active in June and July last summer is simply ridiculous.

It’s like a circus and how and why Newcastle allowed themselves to get into a contract with the Senegal International that allows him to leave for a ridiculously low fee,  we have no idea.

Newcastle will now need to have a striker lined up they can bring in during the January transfer window, just in case some club comes in meets the release clause amount, and can agree a deal with Ba and his representatives.

Liverpool are short of a striker, after they let Andy Carroll go on the last day of the transfer window in August, and were not able to bring in a suitable replacement – much the same situation that happened when Newcastle sold Carroll to Liverpool for £35M a year last January.

But Newcastle will need to brush up on their negotiating skills when we go after signing another top free agent.

Demba Ba’s contract has been nothing short of a nightmare for Newcastle.

What do you think?



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30 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    One question. Why would Ba say yes to an inferior team?

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  • Belly

    Oct 14, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    We weren’t to know neither we’re the club that he would play so well and score so many goals. Remember it was a risk by the club to sign him in the first place due to his injury record.
    I do feel however that Ba could be off in January or the summer. I don’t get the feeling that he’ll be around for the long term, I never have.
    Having said that he’s been an outstanding player for us. He can’t literally score any type of goal, a true all round great modern day Striker.

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  • solano

    Oct 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Brendan Mulcacky Rodgers will be lucky if he is in the hotseat come the next window! And it will be an almighty gamble for a player with a huge injury question mark over him.
    Having said that, our club is never averse to the lure of ‘the deal’ and if someone really does bid the money, he will be off.
    Being a “purple”, this will mean we might invest in a deep blue or a mauve in the hope he will mature into a royal purple in order for us to flatline into money-making mediocrity.

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  • smoke beer drink tabs

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    From what i hear, Newcastle have clauses in the contract that means they dont pay any compensation if Ba has to retire through injury, so its only fair on his part that he has a release clause.

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  • hotdog

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    This story seems to come around to frequently for my liking. He can be replaced but I don’t think cisse and ba are a good pairing, I would much rather see hatem off the front man. Watch cisse and ba movement when the ball is played wide, they pick up the same positions!

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  • Ian Magpie

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Never mind lads! If he goes theres no need to worry! After all we have young Adam Cambell to take his place. I am sure Derek the Rat will have that in the back of his mind lol

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  • GFH

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    In a word Dannyo @1 MONEY. If not just for him then his “advisors”.I’ve no doubts that they care much more about their cut than about his career. Obviously he has started this season well , but unless we can get rid of his release clause maybe its time to replace him for the sake of stability going forward.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Exacy same story that circulated all summer and he’s still here more boring shite being spewed by the press with no basis

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  • bills-son

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    solano – Having said that, our club is never averse to the lure of ‘the deal’ and if someone really does bid the money, he will be off.

    Absolute bollox – apart from Carroll the club has never sold a player since promotion just because the deal was financially attractive.

    You’ve been spouting this rubbish for the last four transfer windows – and been proven wrong every time.

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  • solano

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Bills…it’s actually in the club’s statements of intent re:transfer policy and Alan Pardew never misses an opportunity to mention this when transfer windows approach!
    The reason we didn’t buy much this summer is simply because we didn’t get the appropriate offers for our “purples”.
    Del’s latest interview is hardly inspiring – and that after he has been studying hard this summer at his ‘media training’ course.

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  • toon1707

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Dannyo. One answer money its all about the money

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12

    bills @9 apart from carroll – at the time, was there any body at the club worth anything ?. our star players we have now had just arrived , so who was there to sell apart from carroll ? jose- ?- gone £6m barton , nolan- gone- i struggle to think of anyone who would have brought a few quid in.

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  • one Tony Green

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Howay man Ed stop trying to be controversial with every article you write. We are playing the SMB in 7 days we need to focus on this.

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  • bills-son

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    solan & stuart09 – what the club have consistently said is that it will take ‘silly money’ to get them to part with a player. Pardew and Llambias have both stated that Ashley turned down £20M, £25M and £30M for Carroll – because he didn’t want to sell – is that the actions of someone just wanting to milk money out of selling players?? Of course it isn’t.

    By consistently saying in the media that it will take silly money to buy one of our top players we are sending out a message not just to other clubs but also to our players and their agents.

    It is a ridiculous argument of solano’s to say the only reason why we haven’t sold a top player is because a bid hasn’t been high enough. Ashley could have trousered £50M-£60M in the summer by selling Krul, Cisse, Collo, Cabaye and HBA for an average of £10M/£12M each – he never sold one. If Ashley was the money grabbing bstad that solano makes him out to be there would have been players other than AC sold for ‘a deal’ by now.

    This selling club nonsense is a total myth.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    I dont share your confidence Billso, although i can see your point. We may sell a player for a good profit but reckon when we buy, it will be for a fraction of what we sold for. What did you make of llambias’s less than wonderful statement about transfer activity? I certainly worry about our ambitions….

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    bills. i said “at the time carroll went was there any body else to sell? the answer is no. you go on about cisse. yohan hba still here, yes they are, theyve just come thats why – let them get their shirts measured before we sell them on again.ash knows fine well , at the end of this season or maybe in jan yhey will be worth a lot more. take benny for instance.this season alone he has doubled his value and its only october. as for cabaye, who came in for him? cisse needs another season and hell be gone. give them time they will be off , when “THE PRICE IS RIGHT” ash knows f//k all about football but he will know when to buy and sell- and thats not for football reasons. another thing. how can we build a team for the future when pards dosnt know who we will have here at xmas. by insisting” it will take silly money” is telling our rivals ” come and get them” why not make it simple ” not for sale ” there you go, sorted , not difficult was it. we are a selling club if someone offers silly money yes or no ?

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    bills put it this way! what sends out the clearest message to any agent or any club – he can go but it will take silly money-or NOT FOR SALE its not even debatable.

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  • solano

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Stuart..the club could say…”we are approaching sustainability and want to build the squad up in order to challenge for honours. Selling our best players is not on the agenda because we do not need the money given healthy transfer trading profits over the last 4 years. We wish to encourage the fans’ trust in us in order boost overall turnover, revenue streams and ultimately, profit. Selling our best players would be counter productive to the aims set out above”
    That would be good PR…and we could await actions instead of words…..and discussions on the colour purple!

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  • bills-son

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #19

    stuart no9 – Ashley learnt his lesson by saying AC wasn’t for sale – and then LPool came in with a ridiculous £35M.

    You are living in fantasy land if you think just by saying ‘not for sale’ thats it. Even Arsenal couldn’t keep Fabregas, Van Persie or Nasri when the £150K/£200K a week wages were flashed at them. It’s an unfortunate by product of having players of the calibre of HBA that the mega clubs with mega wages will be interested. If they decide they want one of our top players, and a player decides he wants to go, its a difficult situation. Look at Spurs with Modric – they tried the ‘not for sale at any price’ and still ended up selling him.

    Having said that, I think only two of our players are potentially good enough for the mega clubs – Krul and HBA. Tiote and Cabaye – good as they are – are way overrated by most Toon fans. Unless they improve dramatically I can’t see a club paying the £20M+ Ashley would want.

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  • solano

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Bills….the difference lies in that Arsenal and Spurs re-invested that money very quickly…there are too many blackholes in the financial side of things at NUFC for the fans to have trust in this ‘masterplan’ you have such ferocious faith in.

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #21

    bills @ 19 ash ley learnt his lesson by saying carroll was not for sale then liverpool came in for him – how? he didnt have to sell him.- he wasnrt forced. also in that case , if he tried the old not for sale tactic and ended up getting a ridiculous £35m for him, why not try it again, and get another £35m for someone valued at £15m if that, the truth is ash has never said “not for sale ” he dosnt know how to. fabrigas nasri VP wanted away – they wanted to leave -that is a totally different scenario . modric again wanted to leave . in that situation there is nothing you can do about it.- but if a player is happy here and dosnt want to go ,why sell him.

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #22

    solano @ 18 yeap 100% right , i just said ” not for sale ” coz it was quicker. lol. i tried to put a smiley face on but dont know how to do it.

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  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Smoke beer drink tabs ….is this a dyslexic survivir of the original Strawberry?

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  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #24

    * survivor even!

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  • bills-son

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #25

    stuart09 – Carroll wanted to go !!

    As soon as he knew £80K a week was on offer at LPool – that was it.

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #26

    bills @25 “carroll wanted to go”! where you get your info from and where i get mine from are obviously totally different sources. i got it from the horses mouth. there is only one way that info could be wrong , and that is if he was lying. why would he lie to someone , when, to be honest it didnt really matter to the person he told . there was no need to. did he jump or was he pushed? that is the milion dollar question for most fans, but i can honestly say, unless he lied , iknow the truth.

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t blame big andy for wanting to better himself but would welcome him back,much more versatile than demba ,also would score just as regularly .
    I would be delighted if demba Ba finally left he has done nothing to quash the rummor and to boot he is messing the balance of the team up ,just as he did at west ham .i don’t think there will be many takers he can finish but that’s it no hold up skill no passing skill and a poor tackler

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #28

    yorkiemag- totally agree. would have andy back in a heart beat. your right about BA. i think andy has a lot more to offer even though BA is the better finisher.

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #29

    did i just read that andy carroll has more to offer than Ba?
    im sorry but you are clearly cracker jacks!
    this whole post is about liverfool wanting Ba, why would liverfool want Ba if another player they already own (Carroll) offers more?
    unless its a new school of logic where you buy an ok player for £35 million and then buy a worse one for £7 million to replace the better one.

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 15, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #30

    Unfortunately the world of football has no logic .the point was not really about big andy more about the destructive influence demba is having on our structure on the pitch ,I am sure he is a great las but he does not give enough variety and is limited other than as a finisher

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