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QPR Join Arsenal In Race To Sign Demba Ba

10:14 am, Sunday, December 16th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

Somehow the news today in the Daily Telegraph that QPR are preparing a bid for Demba Ba in January doesn’t surprise us too much – but it would be a terrible blow to allow Demba Ba to go to a club who are lower in the league than Newcastle, with the Magpies possibly being in a relegation fight this season. But there again there is precious little Newcastle can do about it if any club meets the £7M release clause.

demba ba after scroing agains Man City

Demba Ba after scoring in yesterday’s game

But the news is Harry Redknapp, who disclosed the fact that Ba had a release clause in his contract last January when he was manager of Tottenham, wants Queens Park Rangers to enter the race to Senegal International striker Demba Ba.

And Ba has been in good form for Newcastle all season and scored his 11th Premier League goal for Newcastle in yesterday’s 3-1 defeat by Manchester City, and Newcastle play QPR at St. James’ Park next Saturday.

But the reports of late would suggest that another London club, Arsenal, are favorites to sign the 27-year-old, and Chelsea have also been linked with an interest in the striker.

But there’s a chance that Newcastle could be even lower in the league table come January, and maybe even in the bottom three with our four games through January 2nd being against QPR at home, Manchester United and Arsenal away, and then Everton at home.

If Demba Ba leaves in January it will be a huge blow to Newcastle, and we wonder if Ba has any loyalty towards our club?

We believe any move is being driven by his agents, and last week the news was that they were asking as much as £5M in fees for the move, and we believe Newcastle paid them £2M when Demba Ba was signed on a free transfer last year.

What do you think about this?

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BelfastMagpie // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    F*** off Arry.

  • 2 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Let’s face it, we had an awful start to the season. We all blamed it on a shaky pre-season, players not being match fit, not being able to play the same team due to injuries and suspensions- particularly in our back five, luck, Europa league, whatever. Basically, our first 14 games of the season we have been pants for the most part. Some games were promising, some games had some decent performances in, but we still weren’t winning.

    The last few games, probably stoke, Wigan, Fulham, man citeh, has seen us play football that is probably of a better standard than what got us to fifth last season. The problem is we have the mentality that we have lost the last 4 or we haven’t win in ten, or we are two points from the telegation zone. That is detrimental to us. The fans get restless, the players and manager get restless, and most importantly,
    The players push higher and higher up the pitch looking for goals and wins, we leave ourselves massively exposed to counter attacks and defensive mistakes. I think the winning goal In every one of our last matches has came from a counter attack. That is the problem. We need to have a belief that we are good enough to win games, good enough to draw against citeh at home. Because yesterday, we were, and if we had kept organised and persevered, we would have scored again. But our players got desperate. This isn’t down to Pardew IMO, as he is normally very good setting the defence up, but the players themselves. We can all see that they want to win as much as we do, but we just need to go into a match with the mindset that we are able to score goals, good goals, and we just need to keep calm.

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Well Ba had all summer to move and there was no interested clubs that Ba wanted to go to.

    Could be the same this time around.

    If he stays, good. If he leaves, thanks for the goals and good luck.

    Won’t be losing any sleep over this move.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Well our worst ever Premiership start worse than the season when we got relegated but you must remember in that particular season the club was in turmoil, five changes of management the worst fan unrest since the early eighties due to the realisation that we have an owner whose ruthlessness is only matched by his lack of footballing knowledge, this year is different now supposedly financially sound and in the most stable position for years we are witnessing some of the worst football ever seen at our famous stadium and seeing us being out fought in the transfer market by the likes of Swansea and Stoke, Mike Ashley had a great opportunity to build on something special but instead of listening to the football people around him he chose to do it his way and entrust the even less football knowledgeable Dirk Llambias to make the footballing decisions.

  • 5 Graeme // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    For the cost of his release clause, Demba Ba is a steal. He knows it, Pardew knows it, every manager in the UK knows it.

    We either offer him a contract that is close to his value as one of the leading strikers in the UK or he will leave. Why should MA and Dodgey Dekka expect him to stay for half of what he could get at other clubs??

    To a team like QPR, Ba scoring 10 or 12 goals and keeping then in the Prem would be worth £30 or 40 Million to them. Paying Ba £4 or 5 Million seems like a really good deal to me.

    Such a shame that our cheapskates in charge just dont want to see it. They seem to know the price of everything but the value of nothing!!!

  • 6 Indian Magpie // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Rotonda what was that Mister tuff put that you talked about?

  • 7 jimiley // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    The going rate for a top striker is 100k a week. Ba is prob on 30k a week. Ashers does not pay the going rate. Why should Ba stay and play for peanuts. Out of loyalty to Ashers. Do not make me laugh. It would serve Ashers right if Ba went to QPR (who will pay), a so called small club outbidding a so called big club who will spend nowt, and sends the Toon down. Loyalty is a two way streak.

  • 8 jimmysmith // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    The moment we give him his big paying long term contract his knee will doubtless explode which would at least solve the Ba/ Cisse dilemma and that would be a blessed relief, I’m sure you’ll all agree.

  • 9 hatemorloveit // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    If we give him 90 k, the floodgates will open. Ben arfa, cabaye and krul will start askin for 90k…i think this is what mike asheley is concerned about

  • 10 jimiley // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Ba ha 11 of our 17 league goals. We would be bottom without him. Lose him in Jan and we are in deep trouble. He will leave. Why would anyone want to play for ashers? All players need to feel wanted and appreciated. He will go to Arsenal and get triple his wages.

  • 11 FatmanJoe // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    They are offering to pay him big wages but doesn’t seem it’s enough. Arsenal don’t pay big wages either. I’m sure qpr is a more likely destination. He needs to be sat down and asked his intentions and if there is any doubt then start playing cisse in that forward role. Cisse will get goals if he’s played regularly in the striker position.

  • 12 jimiley // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    We have to accept we are not a big club. We are competing with the likes of Swansea and Stoke on wages and transfers. Any good players we get will move to a big club to double or triple their wages. Why would any quality footballer want to play hoofball at NUFC under Pardew for a third of the wages they can get elsewhere?

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    We have to be happy with the prices we paid for Cabaye, Tiote and Demba Ba, and the money we received for Andy Carroll but on the flip side it has left Dirk Llambias with a feeling of such self importance that he feels he knows the value of players more than people who have been in the game for years, ultimately money talks so clubs will still deal with us if we do meet their valuation of players but I bet the amount of people willing to do business with Dirk Dastardly is diminishing with each passing transfer window.

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Cyprus

    I think you’re looking at that through black and white glasses a bit. City could have been 5-0 up at half time. Admittedly we got some good effort and commitment for 20 mins in the second half when Anita was great, but overall, city showed us how football should be played.

    I am getting very, very worried now. Some people still saying no way we will go down, but we have lost 7 out of the last 8 games, with city apart, against some very mediocre opposition and at home too.

    I don’t know when stubborness and arrogance get blurred with stupidity and even though Shearer called it wrong on M.O.T.D, because last season Ba played left of a front 3, not right, he made the point.

    It seems as if the formation is going back to a kind of 433 hopefully, but at home especially, instead of Marveaux on the left of a front 3 we had Jonas and Cisse will never be a right winger, although to be fair Benny and Obi weren’t available so needs must yesterday I guess.

    Redknapp has got the feel good factor going at QPR and if we don’t beat the second bottom team at home, how much longer are we going to let it go on?
    Very worrying what Mister Tuff put in a thread yesterday and you can’t help wondering if Pardew is almost trying to engineer getting sacked.

    7 losses in the last 8 games is mirroring the worst run of results in West ham’s history when Pardew was there.

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    We have a wage limit for a reason. We can’t afford all the players to ask for 100k a week, and once one gets it another will want it. Rightly or wrongly they will be annoyed when they don’t get it and that will cause even more problems.

    Spurs had the same problem. Modric wanted more money. He then got more money then surprisingly he wanted even more money so left for Madrid.

    I’d love Ba to stay but if he wants more than e can have good luck getting it somewhere else. It didnt happen for him in the summer.

  • 16 FatmanJoe // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Yep. He has been offered the same wages as colo and it still isn’t enough. Good luck to him elsewhere.

  • 17 jon.c // Dec 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    A P has lost the plot and he talks a lot of rubbish about players will be brought in and there is a spy in the camp. just look at his past record at past clubs he does not last long time to go AP

  • 18 JCT // Dec 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    £60K not enough????? he will be off to whoever pays the most. Thats life.

  • 19 toonluvva // Dec 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Sorry but the person I blame (IMO) for all this is LLambias. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but when we signed Ba was’nt he having problems passing medicals due to his dodgy knees. If that is the case, then NUFC should have had the whip hand and ensured that the stupid buy-out clause was not included. To me it really is that simple, the problem lies with whoever signed the contract on behalf of NUFC.

  • 20 Craborumtoon // Dec 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Why would he want to go to QPR? They are the worst team in the league. Obviously we don’t want him to leave but if he does he should at least go to a big club in the Champions League. It would just be embarrassing to our top scorer and one of our best players to QPR.

  • 21 nufc 11 // Dec 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    bit of a concern his deal hasnt been done by now with the window looming goal scorers are few and far between in this league we need to bend for this lad or pay the consequences, i love the way we are linked with CF’s, holding midfielders wen were crying out for a CB and LB Santon was awful yest. hes not a LB




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