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?
You can also reach Ed at email@example.com