We’d still be very surprised if Demba Ba leaves Newcastle next month, but some betting has him odds on to join Arsenal next month – so maybe they know something that we don’t.
Demba Ba – odds on he’ll move
It seems that Demba Ba’s release clause will become active in every transfer window until he either leaves and joins another club, or else his three year contract runs out in eighteen months time – so it seems his agents one way or another are determined top get a good deal for their client – and of course lots of money for themselves.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the contract on Thursday at his press conference for the QPR game:
“It’s unfortunate that the contract he has leaves open a lot of questions because we have this clause and every window that comes around, I have to answer the same questions.”
“It would be disappointing for him to leave in this window for this club and for his team-mates here, but the decision will be his, ultimately, because that clause is there.”
The odds of Demba Ba moving to Arsenal next month have been cut to 1-2 by Sky Bet – with Liverpool next in the queue at 6-1 – so at least they think he’s going to leave Newcastle next month.
If Demba Ba leaves Newcastle in January for a top club like Arsenal, then he has shown no loyalty at all to the Tyneside club, and it’s hard not to think he’s just looking for the best deal – with no thoughts at all about Newcastle.
But whenever we hear Demba talk, he seems a decent guy and seems to like it at Newcastle – so it’s hard to know what to think sometimes.
But if he does leave Newcastle it will be terrible for the club, and for a player of Demba Ba’s standing to leave Newcastle in the lurch in mid season is not good – we’ll leave it at that for the moment.
We need a win today against QPR and things may look just a little bit brighter on Tyneside.
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