Demba Ba is getting a bit like Jose Enrique and Danny Simpson – in talking about his current situation but not saying much. Jose talked about possibly staying on Tyneside for eight months, and would not sign a new contract on Tyneside, and the Spaniard eventually left for Liverpool last year.
Demba Ba – after scoring on Monday night
And it seems to us that Danny Simpson is doing almost exactly the same thing as Jose, and will move in the summer when he becomes a free agent, or in January if Newcastle get a suitable offer for him, and the club can bring in a replacement at right back.
So that’s one concern for Newcastle, since he continues to refuse to sign a new deal on Tyneside, and uncertainty also surrounds Demba Ba, with his agents currently talking to other clubs, and there were even reports yesterday that a Juventas bid that matches his £7M release clause is now imminent.
When asked about the situation by the local press, this is what Ba said yesterday:
“I didn’t even know what was said in the papers because I didn’t read the papers.” “All I know is we’ve proved on the pitch on Monday night and what we did last Wednesday that we still have the spirit and still want to win and go forward.”
Newcastle are said to be still talking to Ba’s people, and are hoping to get a deal sorted out before the January transfer window opens – but another circus like we had in June and July when his release clause was also active – is the very last thing we want in January.
And it’s that uncertainty which has Newcastle not knowing exactly what to do – Ba may sign a new contract and all will be OK – but he could also leave quickly, if a top club comes in for him and meets the release price.
Then they would need to satisfy his wage demands, but richer clubs can do that a lot better than Newcastle can these days.
Be has told manager Pardew he wants to stay at Newcastle, and he needs to tell Newcastle exactly what his intentions are in January – and that should be Demba Ba doing the talking and not his advisers.
Ba should remember his advisers work for him – and it’s not the other way around.
It will be a tragedy if Ba leaves Newcastle next month. 🙁
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