Pardew Has Funds Available To Replace Demba Ba In January


It’s hardly surprising that we will be linked with a number of strikers from now until January, because there’s some chance that Demba Ba will leave Newcastle in that next transfer window, if another club comes in and meets the £7M release clause in his contract, and they can also meet Ba’s wage demands.

Demba Ba in action at Sunderland

And it’s the second of those that may put clubs off, and it was interesting that no club was able to do that in the two months during the summer, when Ba’s release clause was active.

So we expect Graham Carr to be out scouting strikers, just in case Ba does leave, and the news today in the Mirror is that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will have funds to spend if Ba does leave the Magpies, and Newcastle will not allow themselves to be short of a striker as we were after we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool almost two years ago.

A Newcastle source had this to say in the Mirror:

“Derek Llambias was pointing out that Newcastle will continue to be prudent both in terms of fees and wages. They won’t pay more than a player is worth.”

“But if any of the club’s top players leave and that includes Ba, there are funds available to Alan Pardew to replace them.” “There is a Plan B in place. What happened after Andy Carroll left nearly two years ago won’t happen again.”

Liverpool is one club who need a striker in January, after they lost Andy Carroll on loan to West Ham, and Fabio Borini is now out with a broken foot for months, but there’s news today that Liverpool may try to get Didier Drogba on loan from his Chinese club.

However, the Andy Carroll deal has hurt the relationships between the two clubs, and it’s unlikely that Liverpool will want Ba in January, but we’ll know that soon enough.

Liverpool’s Chief Scout Alan Harper has watched Ba several times this season, but whether they will be able to match his wage demands, we have our doubts.

Newcastle have tried to get the Senegal striker on a new deal on Tyneside, but they will not meet his wage demands of about £65K/week, which is what captain Fabricio Coloccini is getting.

But Ba may take the strategy that he’ll leave Newcastle only for massive wages elsewhere, but with today’s climate and the Financial Fair Play rules kicking in, he may find it difficult to get a club to give him a better deal than he can get on Tyneside.

What do you think?

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38 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Wizard…it can; mainly because we have the ocean on all sides. (and probably because it is so far north)

    …the fact that Newcastle and Denmark are on also the same latitude does that have a bareing on the resemblance? Anyone?

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  • rknufc

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Im going over to the match today just in the airport now. Can anyone tell me what the weather is like in newcastle now?

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    jesper

    denmark seems a much warmer place than newcastle, i go there a few times a year and your climate is much more stable, saying that its always lego land we go to which is inland, and not the coast…
    where in denmark are you

    ps its -8 here right now,

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  • north_country_boy

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Team for today – KRUL – SIMMO, WILLO, COLO, SANTON – PERCH, ANITA– CABAYE – BEN ARFA, BA, FERGIE – think they will pack the midfield so we need 3 in there to stop us being overrun…could even put Anita at right back and bring Bigi into midfield, Fergie deserves to start before Jonas as he offers more both in defence (when needed) and attack – I’m going for a hard fought 2-1 Ben Arfa and Ba

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, I honestly like Ba, but no player (or agent or agents in this case) is bigger than the club!

    …and with the money these footballers earn these days they be happy with half that money (they are doing something they love for christ sake) If he is not happy with that, then move him on. And I honestly think he should be told that in these exact words 😀 lol

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #6

    RK- about 7 celcius, just stopped raining, cloudy.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Rk
    Probably the same as most of england!!
    Waa a proper heavy frost at work this morning and yesterday morning at work it randomly starting snowing at about half 5

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Catchy… I am in Aarhus by the east coast (not far from Billund, Legoland) 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #9

    It is -2 degree celsius here

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Catchy…how far up north in Norway are you?

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Yeah, the snow was a bit strange.
    It doesn’t seem too cold at the moment. Where are you coming from?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Jesper
    Agree if its about money, disagree if its him bieng unhappy about his role Cf’s should play as cf’s! Not wingers!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #13

    TADS…where down south are you (London area?)

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Jesp
    Live about a mile away from gatwick airport used to work alot around london but just work in one place now just outside of croydon so not far from south london

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #15

    TADS…that last part can be solved (at least from my stand point) if Pards change system to 4-3-3 ala Ajax and Denmark 🙂

    …then we basically have 3 forwards 🙂 he is childish if he not happy about that (you don’t Rooney acting like a spoiled brat…well you do, but that is for another reason :)) lol

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #16

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE
    did we watch the same game on thursday,,??

    someone on here said he had a good game because he created space,, lol,, other than the goal i carnt remember anything he did that was for the benifit of the team in a way that he may set something up, he ran round a few players with speed,, but no crosses, no pull backs, no runs into the box,, just a goal,

    sammy, he was class, with his dribbling and beating players,, he set up the goal,,,

    ferg from LB put in a great shift,, many good crosses, one amazing cross which should have been put away,,

    i know this is your opinion and i do respect it,, but we want different things from players

    if i was as poor in my job as i believe he is in his, id be out the door,,, and forget that he is 23,, 23 is a man, in any other job he would have finished his aprentiship at 20,, so i really dont by that he is a kid anymore in 3 years time he is ment to be at his peak

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #17

    JESPER

    not high up im just inland from stavanger, i work in stavanger

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  • steveno7

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #18

    @tads what do u do .if u dont mind me asking
    and darren bent i would buy him .alot wont agree but u can not argue with quality

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #19

    im from the felling,, moved over here 5 years ago

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Jesp
    Didnt rooney hand in a transfer request til fergie bitch slapped his shrek lookin ass?

    Just dont see why ba should be the one sacrificed wide? Benny can play right or left as can ober (sorry catchy just an example promise!) we got jonas marv and fergie who can play left and sammy on the right
    Personally i think cisse n ba should be rotated

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #21

    @RK Where you flying from mate?

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #22

    bent will cost 15 million pluss i think,, id have him though,,,

    but i dont see why they carnt tie BA down to a good contract, he is a proven goalscorer, that given the service could score 30 in the prem,, that kind of player costs 30 million or more

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Steveno
    Nout intresting lad!!!
    Was a sports turf specialist, dealt with golf courses cricket grounds football pitches etc but another job came up within my company for less hours less traveling and the same money so i took that as an assitantant head green keeper like i said nout intresting mate!

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #24

    toonarmydownsouth

    i think cisse should be the one rotated to,, great goalscorer,, but his allround play is not the same level as BA

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  • check the toastie

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #25

    TADS – i agree, Ba or Cisse up top with Ben10 in behind for me, some proper wingers out wide, Obertan and Fergy/Sammy/Marveuax, about time we started keeping the ball and started showing some patience,

    Even Pardew got impatient on thursday, we played canny 1st half, dominated possession and created a couple of chances, half time Pardew reverts to 442, we start going long, lose control of the match, however get a goal on the break, due to Brugge being in the game more, 442 is now shit it should be ditched.

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #26

    He’s right to hold fast for a central role, because his bread and butter is goalscoring. Accepting a wider role would hardly be the best career move, as no goals in the second half of last season would surely attest.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #27

    TADS…I like the flexibility in a 4-3-3 – I don’t think anyone is being sacrificed. It is a fluid system where the wide men can either operate as inside forwards or att. wingers. Thet can even roam freely around or change position with the CF.

    …in our case Ba would be an inside forward changing position with Cisse at times and Benny will be able ro roam around more freely (which means we need an att. fullback just behind Benny). Cisse could even play as a fake #9 which would leave much more room for Ba.

    This is much more fitting to us than a regid 4-4-2 cause he have problems adapting when we don’t create enough chance for the both of them and we tend to lose out in midfield. Besides we don’t have traditional wingers besides Fergy – he is the only one who can cross. So why are we playing a system that rely so much on crosses.

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  • blew

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Short of stories time to bring up Ba again, and surprise surprise – Liverpool

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #29

    For me Ba is the better all round player which is perhaps why we were putting him wide, cisse is possibly a better finisher but diesnt have the physical presence of Ba not knocking either player both top class strikers but surely the club could see this problem when they bought cisse? There basically 2 identical players if we wanted to use 2 they should of got a player to compliment cisse or ba or taken the decision to rotate

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Check…what you just discribed isn’t that just a 4-4-2 diamond with two wingers? How would that be any different from now (it won’t help us keeping possesion or to create enough chances to warrant two forwards) Well not in my book 😀 lol

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #31

    TADS…that last part I actually agree with which is one of my point in why we should not play with two forwards ( the other is our lack og possesion and that we don’t create enough chances to warrant two forwards)

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Oct 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #32

    If Ba is to leave, which will really p*ss me off! The only player that will make me feel better is Doumbia! He could also play in a 433 whereas Ba can’t! And for £16million, that’s a bargain! 106 goals in 149 games! Btw. We really need to win today!

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  • shearer 9

    Oct 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #33

    Don’t no y every one is rating obertan he did nothing Thursday every time he got the ball he did his lil step overs and got nowhere. Even the goal the keeper saved it

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #34

    I agree with the sense of frustration with Ba ,like him as a footballer and think if motivated is worth being in the squad ,but in reality he offers a 1 dimensional approach.
    Would like him to stay and build around him and the other cf ,but it’s make your mind up time for the club ,I hope they take the decision out of his and his many slippery agents and move him on and bring some difference
    Looking forward to watching the game today and hopefully a Ba goal or two ,but if he plays the best forward on the pitch will be long,loads of movement maybe we have our own long in young Campbell ,give the lad a chance,Liverpool have through necessity found a star in sterling maybe we could do the same

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  • Jinky Jim

    Oct 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #35

    All this talk about the weather is sad.
    Just live with it,I do.
    Even though it can be boring here on the Gold Coast,27 one day,27 the next,although we may be lucky tomorrow,forecast 28.
    Talking of luck ! the lads were very luck today,but we’ll take it.

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  • Sav

    Oct 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #36

    If Ba does sign a new contract on Tyneside I hope the next week Pards sticks him back out wide left. We were hopeless today and need to be playing 4-3-3 again.

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  • miggy

    Oct 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #37

    shearer no 9 how can the keeper save hes goal it dont make sense

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  • Ericles

    Oct 29, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #38

    How about a warming fire-sale in January? Get in some quality and sell the width of Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Obertan and Pardew?

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