Alan Pardew had talked earlier this week about Demba Ba and his release clause in his contract, and it seems that Demba Ba will have a big decision to make in the summer – always assuming he doesn’t move to another club during next month’s transfer window.
Demba Ba – could leave next month or in the summer
But as we reported earlier this week, Newcastle are unwilling to let the release clause in his contract be active for anything but next month – and it seems he will need to sign a new deal during the early summer, otherwise Newcastle will take definite steps to move him to another club.
This is what Alan Pardew said when asked about the Ba situation during yesterday’s news conference:
“Personally, I think there is a good chance he will stay. The way he has been committed to the place, the way the fans appreciate him here, I think he’ll find it difficult to find a better home.
“I also think we’ve talked about it enough really if I’m honest. The decision will be made in January whether he stays or whether he goes.” “I think we’ll have to make a decision in the summer because of his age and his contract situation,”
“If he isn’t going to renew with us, we can’t have this hanging over us any more.” “That is a decision we will all make. But I won’t let it run in the summer. I’ll do something about it. We’ll either move him on or secure him in the summer.”
That’s sensible from a financial viewpoint, if you think about it, because there would be a definite possibility he could leave for nothing when his three year contract is up in the summer of 2014, and at least Newcastle can get £7M for him if he is sold this summer.
And we’re pleased that Newcastle are calling time on the Demba Ba circus every transfer window, and they will make him a final wage offer at the end of this season, maybe a little improved from the last offer, and if he says no to that then Newcastle will actively look to sell him – and bring in another striker to replace him hopefully.
We hope Alan Pardew is right and that he will realize the best club for him is Newcastle, and that he signs along the dotted line.
But somehow we doubt that will happen, and we think his advisers will be only too happy to look for another club for him – with Newcastle’s help this time in the summer – and get another big pay day.
What do you think?
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