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Demba Ba Says No To Latest Newcastle Contract Offer

9:23 am, Monday, December 3rd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

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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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dannyo // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    I doubt we´ll get as good a striker for the same price as Ba might go for, but he shouldn´t be demanding too much imo.
    We´re putting allot of risk into this too, with his dodgy knee and all that.
    There´s a limit to high i would go and if we´re talking 80-90K, then we´re way past that limit imo.
    Take the deal and stay or don´t and leave.

  • 2 Santon03 // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Cyprus – sorry, repost

    I play football with my friends not professionally, but I played basketball professionally.
    Basically is the same thing in basketball, the coach didn’t put the team on the court just their best statistic players. Each player has their own strength, the coach put on set of players suited to handle the opponent. Everyone has their role to play, some only play very few minutes just to test how their strengths will affect the game.
    If you play HBA, Anita, Cabaye, Santon, Fergie, Jonas with long ball system, they won’t be able to do well. They are not built for that kind of style and they are more suited to one touch football.
    One example : HBA has good pace and technical, but he is one of the worst in defending, and AP asked him to help with defense. He is much better staying up front, if he go deep in defense then their full back will go forward and help attack and HBA marking him.

  • 3 DarloGeordie // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Pretty depressing news this but on the plus side we will buy a new striker in January right?? And a new defender, right back and a creative midfielder right??? I know it’s hard but keep the faith

  • 4 dubzy // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Sell him an buy Romelu Lukaku 19yrs old an will be a better player imo

  • 5 jimmysmith // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    That Vurnon Anita is a bit of a dapper chapper by the look of things. In the photo accompanying the story about him a couple of threads back he appears to be training in a waistcoat; or is it some sort of truss.

  • 6 dubzy // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    And for turning down the offer id bench him an give Adam Campbell a run with Cisse

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Not interested in Demba at all recently.

    I think he is a good goal scorer but seems very selfish on the pitch. Bit like Oba martins but better, would score goals but would prefer a 35 yard shot over setting up his partner.

    Ideally he stays but if not well Ashley needs to replace him right away.

    There are players out there for a bargain, swansea got michu in the summer for 2 mil, everton got jelevic last jan for 7mil, man utd even got hernandes for 7 mil.

    Players are available it’s just identifying them. Spain is in a real mess financially so al clubs except barca and real are looking to sell if a reasonable offer comes in so hopefully Carr has spent some time over there.

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Dubzy
    Chelski wont sell lukaku he’ll be a huge player for then next season plus didnt they pay like £16 mil for him they’d want £20m+

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    dubzy

    lukaku cost chelsea 20mil last year so no chance there

    also adam campbell has a couple months out with injury

    But I agree, don’t bow down to Ba, get him dropped, not like you can do much worse than lose every week like we are anyway.

  • 10 sirtoongospel // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Quite a few people are saying we should play one striker (the one which is in form) and that is Ba, well an interesting stat shows that since the end of September we have played 12 games and Cisse has 3 and Demba 2. Demba scored his goals in August and September mainly. So who is the form striker? It isn’t as cut and dried as people think.

    That stat is in the mag by the way, so haven’t checked it. If Ba passed to Cisse I think that the team would have picked up a couple more points and the goal tally would be similar.

    A few of the papers have mentioned it this weekend and personally, I don’t really care what Demba asks for, from a money point of view that is his business. But I don’t agree (if it’s true) that he has made a point of not passing to Cisse or anyone else in order to score more himself and get himself a bigger contract here or elsewhere.

    Who knows if it is true but it would explain a lot. Everyone knows what Carlton Cole said when he was at West Ham. Basically that when Demba got the ball, no one bothered making a run or shouting for the ball, as it would never ever come. So perhaps there is a history of Demba doing this?

    But i think that everyone would agree that football is a team game and we have a fighting chance if they all passed to each other.

    I honestly can say that from what I have seen Cisse passes to Ba, but it is not reciprocated.

    My hope for tonight and the rest of the season is that Demba realises that he needs to get back to being the team player he was last season, regardless of the position. The money is his business, good luck to him, but play for the team not himself.

    Finally, the talk that the 2 strikers are too similar to each other doesn’t make sense to me. They both do things that the other cannot do. If they could make it work they would be lethal. There is no reason why they can’t!!

    Anyway, in January, when other teams start to feel the strain of the season, if we can keep our players and add 2 or 3 then we can finish with a flourish.

    I still remain convinced we will finish between 7th and 10th. Oh and an FA Cup win!!! lol

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Dannyo
    In all fairness theres no source no qoutes no nothing not even any evidence we’ve even offered him a contract yet let alone him declining one!

  • 12 Santon03 // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Premier Manager

    I saw many people ask who would want to come or capable to replace AP, the answer is a lot. Magath, Ranieri, Blanc, Dellio Rossi,Van Marwijk, etc.
    With many international players we have, we should be managed by French or Dutch or Italian. Those are only some I can name who are currently unemployed.

  • 13 WesJameson // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    @ dubzy // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Couldn’t agree more mate, but there is just no chance fat Ashley will invest that kind of money

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    sir toon

    I would say that they are too similar.

    Not in their styles but they both are goal scorers…neither of them run in behind and work the channels its all central running in behind, neither have blistering pace but aren’t slow, neither are great at hodl up play, neither beat a man like aguero/suarez.

    They have a simialr style and not creative in anyway.

    Demba works best with Shola to play off.

    Cisse works best on his own.

  • 15 WesJameson // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    @ sirtoongospel // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Very well said mate

    I too think, that with Demba in the team, we are complete rubbish, he is selfish, arrogant, and to be honest….not that good

    Dying to see big AC back at the Toon!!

  • 16 Santon03 // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    AP doesn’t have a gut to bench him, he would probably ask MA to give Ba 8 year contract for 90k/week

  • 17 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    If it’s true
    I don’t think it will be Ba.
    I’ll be the Agents – a bunch of leeches who want another pay day.
    And if Ba is happy at the toon he should tell them and tell his agents to sling their hook.
    Be there tonight freezing my nuts off giving the team my full backing.

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Charlie

    The agents work for Ba so if they are saying this he should tell then to stop or replace them.

    It’s Ba’s responsibility to do that. If he doesn’t then it’s his fault.

    Lets face it, the guy got to west ham by going on striker then got to us by leaving west ham with a release clause he wanted. He is a mercenary, no problem with that but we knew what we were gettin into when he signed

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Transfer Sage
    Do you think Ba is that clever to put in transfer clause etc. into his contract or is he being manipulated.

  • 20 Jonny // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Sell Demba and Cisse will flourish.

  • 21 Geordie Gangnam Style // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Santon03- what convinces you that a foreign coach is the way to go? Ranieri manages Monaco btw.

    Pardew is goin nowhere Ashley wudnt pay the compensation so we best just get used to it and support the team we were all singing a different tune last season when we were doing well HWTL!

  • 22 nufc 11 // Dec 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Can anyone tell me the story with this release clause? I was under the impression that it expired on July 2nd gone was that not the case?

  • 23 dembajoel19 // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Give him the wonga :) or we have no striker other then cisse and cisse is great quality …..but we won’t share the goals …all respect to ameobi he’s a true legend but he doesn’t score enough we need to add not lose …I thought this release clause was gone on 31st July 2012 but it seems to be reoccurring …get rid of it pay him 75 k …we need him I think he’s a quality player …if he exits and we don’t do well it could spark a mass exodus during summer

  • 24 dembajoel19 // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Give him the wonga :) or we have no striker other then cisse and cisse is great quality .but we won’t share the goals .all respect to ameobi he’s a true legend but he doesn’t score enough we need to add not lose .I thought this release clause was gone on 31st July 2012 but it seems to be reoccurring …get rid of it pay him 75 k .we need him I think he’s a quality player .if he exits and we don’t do well it could spark a mass exodus during summer .nufc till I die

  • 25 dembajoel19 // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Give him the wonga :) or we have no striker other then cisse and cisse is great quality .but we won’t share the goals .all respect to ameobi he’s a true legend but he doesn’t score enough we need to add not lose .I thought this release clause was gone on 31st July 2012 but it seems to be reoccurring .get rid of it pay him 75 k .we need him I think he’s a quality player .if he exits and we don’t do well it could spark a mass exodus during summer .nufc till I die

  • 26 dembajoel19 // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Give him the wonga :) or we have no striker other then cisse and cisse is great quality .but we won’t share the goals .all respect to ameobi he’s a true legend but he doesn’t score enough we need to add not lose .I thought this release clause was gone on 31st July 2012 but it seems to be reoccurring .get rid of it pay him 75 k.
    we need him I think he’s a quality player. if he exits and we don’t do well it could spark a mass exodus during summer.

  • 27 dembajoel19 // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Give him the wonga :) or we have no striker other then cisse and cisse is great quality .but we won’t share the goals .all respect to ameobi he’s a true legend but he doesn’t score enough we need to add not lose .I thought this release clause was gone on 31st July 2012 but it seems to be reoccurring .get rid of it pay him 75 k.
    we need him I think he’s a quality player. if he exits and we don’t do well it could sparked a mass exodus during summer.

  • 28 stretchintoon // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    let him go,hes good but he’s no better than that + he’s african,sell him & cisse & get a couple of decent forwards who ar’nt going to sod off to the acon.

  • 29 dembajoel19 // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Give him the wonga :) or we have no striker other then cisse and cisse is great quality.but we won’t share the goals.all respect to ameobi he’s a true legend but he doesn’t score enough we need to add not lose .I thought this release clause was gone on 31st July 2012 but it seems to be reoccurring .get rid of it pay him 75 k.
    we need him I think he’s a quality player. if he exits and we don’t do well it could sparked a mass exodus during summer.

  • 30 Geordiedoonsooth // Dec 3, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Get rid of the greedy b*stard HWTL




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