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Demba Ba Rejects £70K/Week Offer From Newcastle

8:45 am, Sunday, December 9th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

The Sunday Express is reporting today that Newcastle striker Demba Ba has rejected a new offer of £70K/week from Newcastle United, which is said to be better than even Fabricio Coloccini is getting currently at Newcastle.

Demba Ba – turns down £70K/week to stay at Newcastle?

It’s a Sunday and we expect stories on Demba Ba every Sunday for the next several weeks, and most will be untrue, and we should say we have no idea if this story has any truth to it.

And the Sunday Express last week reported the Senegal striker was asking for as much as £90K a week – or to be more correct – that’s what his agents are asking for.

And there was some news a couple of days ago that any club coming in for the hit man would have to pay his agents a staggering £5M, and that’s probably close to the truth, since Newcastle paid his agents £2M when he signed for us last year as a “free” agent.

But The Express then goes onto say “it is understood” the player would favor a move to London – and Arsenal are supposed to be interested – but we’re not sure where the Express got that bit of news from, since Ba has told Alan Pardew and the fans repeatedly, that he would like to stay on Tyneside.

I’ve learned when a journalist says “is it understood” that means they are making it up for a more juicy story.

We had said recently that Ba should come out and say what his intentions are in January, as a courtesy to his club, but his agents seem to be the big problem, as they try to get a deal so they can make some big money themselves.

But the circus like we witnessed last June and July, when Ba’s release clause of around £7M was active, and he was linked with moving to a number of clubs – are not good for the game.

And they are not good for the clubs involved – like Newcastle for instance – and there should be stricter rules that football agents have to abide by in the future.

What do you think?

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Niether do we pay competitive wages nor competitive Transfer fees

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    I think we should focus our attention on getting 2 or 3 players in in January!

    …Ba still has a contract and he’ll be a very expensive buy for any club. There are no guarantees in football, but as long as he is happy here I don’t see him leaving in January.

    I only see two clubs here in England tabling a bid and that is Liverpool and QPR – and to be honest with Carroll still hanging our their heads I don’t think BR is allowed to spend £30M on the Ba package this window!

  • 3 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    If somebody wants to buy him, what’s the problem? It doesn’t mean they will buy him or CAN buy him!!

    I would love a new Range Rover, only £107,000 – the only problem is the 107 – I have plenty of zero’s lol

  • 4 JAMSHA // Dec 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    90k lol beta,i pay 50 k to remy m an rest extend contract of ben arfa

  • 5 funguswatty // Dec 9, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    do we honestly believe the Sunday Express it prints s**t

  • 6 BigKirky // Dec 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Misleading article or not, Ba hasn’t signed a contract and Pardew himself said it’s on the table to sign so whether it is 70 grand or not, he hasn’t signed it.

    As much as I think Ba is an excellent forward I think on a way he’s actually hindering the team a lot. I’ve noticed since last seasom, he doesn’t like to pass to Cisse to try and create something for him very often. Ba on the left Cisse up front as a three with Benny is by far the very best everyone has played as a team, yet because he doesn’t like it the whole team is struggling as we have to switch to 442 more.

    Don’t get me wrong though, Ba is an excellent forward. His shooting accuracy is a bit like Shearer, in that if he shoots, you know it’s either hitting the target or going not far wide.

  • 7 Sav // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    This is unseemly and unfair. Frankly, if there’s a 7.5 clause and this is going to drag on, window after window, I’d rather see us buy a decent replacement and move the guy on. No-one is bigger than the club. And after all, its only Mashley’s money.

  • 8 bambams // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    If, that is IF….this is true. Well we are better off using the suggested wages on a couple of players.

    You know the luck Newcastle have, he will sign then his knee will go the next match !

  • 9 dcdick // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    The problem is not if Ba is greedy or is having his head turned by HIS agents …. it is which idiot signed him on a contract that has 6 monthly “get out” clauses ?

    What other football club would sign a player to a contract like this ?

    Even worse…. which club would not have tied Ba up to a long contract before now ?

    Panic & chaos reign at St James’s….situation…NORMAL !!




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