We had reported yesterday there were stories in the Sunday papers that Demba Ba wanted £90K a week wages, and he was likely to leave Newcastle in January, and that his agents were already sounding out other clubs about a possible activation of the release clause in his contract, and QPR and Harry Redknapp were now interested in the player.
Demba Ba – turns down Newcastle’s latest offer
And news today that seems to back up that story is in the Newcastle Journal – that Demba Ba has turned down Newcastle’s latest transfer offer
The striker’s representatives have been in negotiations with the Newcastle Board for several months now, but they have been unable to reach any agreement, with Ba’s wage demands sky-high, and Newcastle unwilling to match his demands.
The latest offer is said to be significant increase in his current wages of £40K/week (probably around £60K/week at a guess), but it wasn’t good enough for Ba’s people, and they have turned it down – as they seem to want Demba to go to the highest bidder in January – so they can maximize the money they get out of the deal.
The Journal is reporting the striker wants to stay at Newcastle – so why doesn’t he accept the decent offer Newcastle have made him – who’s in control here – Demba Ba or his representatives?
As reported yesterday Ba’s people want a wage deal close to £90K/week, which would make him Newcastle’s highest wage-earner, but it seems Newcastle will leave their offer on the table, hoping he will finally accept it.
Demba Ba seems to be a first class professional, and all the reports in the papers about him possibly leaving via that £7M release clause in January, don’t seem to affect him too much – on or off the field.
We’d love Ba to stay at Newcastle on a new extended contract, but we have to admit there’s a decent chance he could leave us in January – and that would be catastrophic.
What do you think?
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