Alan Pardew talked after the game last night, in which Demba Ba got a brace and goes to joint top of the Premier league goal scoring charts, and said the club has been frustrated in its attempts to get Ba signed up to a new contract on Tyneside.
Demba Ba last night – yet another goal
It was frustrating in June and July when that £7M release clause in his contract was activated, and since then Newcastle have done their level best to get him on a new contract, without any release clause in it.
But Newcastle have not been successful so far, and news over the weekend was that his agents have turned down the most recent offer from the Board, and the Tyneside club will not meet his wage demands.
Ba now has 10 Premier League goals this season, and that goes with the 16 he scored last season, so he’s on 26 goals in 52 total appearances for Newcastle since he arrived in June of last year – and that’s not too bad at all.
While talks are on-going for the Senegal striker, it only takes a club to come in during January and meet the £7M release price, and then they can try to negotiate a wage deal with Ba.
That’s not a great position for Newcastle to be in and the Newcastle manager is unhappy that details of negotiations have been made public over the weekend:
“We’ve had to board our training ground up because our team’s been leaked, and details of Demba’s contract have also been leaked since I’ve been here and that’s not acceptable.”
“He still has a clause in his contract and it’s hanging over us. We’ve tried to negotiate it away but haven’t managed yet, but he’s never done anything other than look me in the eye and show me he wants to stay here.”
“He loves it here, and he understands it’s a football city. We’re trying to do a deal to take the clause out because it makes it difficult for me, for Demba and the club.”
No word yet on how bad Ba’s injury is – as he limped off the field after 85 minutes – with what looked like a hamstring strain.
We’re hoping for the best on Ba’s injury and also on his contract.
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