The new circus that sees Demba Ba’s agents courting other clubs has already begun, and one set of talks – the widely reported talks held last night with Chelsea – have already broken down – but we are likely to get this stuff going on through the end of January, or until some club comes along and pays the striker’s ridiculous wage demands, and he walks away from Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – helpless in the Ba situation
And the situation is almost surreal as this is the very last thing we want right now, with Newcastle struggling mightily to keep above the relegation zone, after a disastrous string of 11 league games in which we have won only two and drawn one, and we have dropped precipitously down the league table.
Alan Pardew ha said there’s simply nothing he can do about the situation with his Senegal striker – and Newcastle will think twice before they allow another release clause in any player’s contract.
Alan Pardew was asked about Demba Ba, and this is what he said:
“Of course I’d like to hold on to everyone we’ve got, but Demba Ba is a bit out of my hands and there’s not a lot we can do about that.” “What will be, will be”.
We keep looking at Demba’s Twitter account to see if there’s any comments from him, but his last entry was four days ago.
Newcastle have said that if Be is still on Tyneside in February, they will press him to sign a new deal at Newcastle, otherwise they will actively pursue a buyer for the Senegal striker in early summer, as the Tyneside club are simply not prepared to have this kind of nonsense happen in any future transfer window.
That sounds about right to us.
And one unfortunate thing that’s also happening, is that some Newcastle’s players already think this is a farce – and it could be damaging team spirit in the dressing room – at a vital time of the season, when we are really up against it.
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