News today that Demba Ba has been demanding £90K a week at Newcastle on a new contract, and that’s more than double what he is currently getting at Newcastle – £40K/week. Demba Ba joined Newcastle in the summer of last year, after his contract at West Ham allowed him to move on a free transfer, if the London club was relegated – which they were last year.
Demba Ba – likely to leave Newcastle in January
Ba is currently Newcastle’s top scorer with 8 goals, and all eight of those are in the Premier League, and the news today is that Newcastle are only prepared to raise his wages to £50K/week.
Of course we had the circus in the summer, when his contract activated a £7M release clause, and he could have left Newcastle at any time, if a club had come in and bid that amount, and now the same thing can happen in January.
And it seems Ba’s advisers are the ones who are pushing for such a big wage, and it was the same advisers who leaked stories in the summer of various clubs being interested in him, and the same thing is likely to happen in January, and if that’s not a circus – it’s close to it.
Ba’s men are already talking to other clubs, and they are pointing to the release clause, and if a transfer does happen in January they will receive big money – so it’s not hard to put two and two together, and say that Ba’s advisers want him to be sold so they themselves get a big pay day.
The rumors last year were that Newcastle had to pay his advisers £2M to secure his transfer, and Ba is third top scorer in the PL scoring charts behind only Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez – so he’s not bad value at only £7M.
This continuing problem with Ba comes at a bad time for Newcastle, and we have lost our last four league games, and we will also likely lose Nigerian International striker Shola Ameobi in January to the African Cup of Nations – so we are already set to be short of one striker in January, never mind two.
Liverpool are keen on the striker, and yes – you guessed it – the man who leaked the news of Demba Ba’s release clause back in January – Harry Redknapp – now at QPR, is also a new manager interested in taking Ba in January.
We have to think that QPR will be in for Ba in January – and then it’s up to Ba whether he goes there – but the likelihood is they will get close to matching his wage demands.
That’s simply because QPR are desperate to stay in the Premier League, and have more money than sense – having already brought in around 11 players this year under the now sacked Mark Hughes.
If Ba leaves Newcastle for more money in January it will be a crushing blow to the Tyneside club – but if he’s willing to do that – then he’s probably better somewhere else.
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