Newcastle To Pay Demba Ba £2M Loyalty Bonus?

There are some reports coming through from Caughtoffside, that Newcastle will be paying Demba Ba a loyalty bonus of £2M – if and when his transfer to Chelsea is completed.

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Demba Ba – bye guys – I’m off

It seemed that things moved quickly last night when representatives met with Chelsea officials, , and the news is that Chelsea are willing to double Demba Ba’s wages he is getting at Newcastle, which are thought to be around £40K/week, and of course Ba is now keen to sign for the London club.

The news is that Newcastle have accepted Ba’s departure, but of course there is nothing we can do about it in any case – and it was always possible that some big club would come in for him next month – and it seems there are only two things that could stop the move now.

One is that Ba could fail his medical, and the second is that the insurance costs on Ba’s knee could prove prohibitive for Chelsea – but it’s looking like the move will happen and happen soon too.

Ba has 13 goals this season and scored 16 goals last season so in a total of 58 appearances for Newcastle he scored 29 goals – and that’s exactly one goal in every two appearances for the Magpies.

We hate to bring this up, but where’s the loyalty in Demba Ba deserting Newcastle half way through the season, and when we are also in a bit of trouble?

Maybe they’ve changed the definition of loyalty – or maybe we are just old fashioned – that’s always possible.

What do you think about this?

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96 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Life move on!

    Ba Out

    Remy In ! (or whoever else)

  • t00ntime

    Dec 31, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #2

    ba has no connection to newcastle. He is getting a chance to play for a world class team that competes for trophies every year, not to mention CL football. Just becuase chelsea spend alot of money doesnt mean every player that goes there is a money grabber. I was reading skysports earlier, every comment was about how he is moneygrabber. I hate it when people say that when its not true. If he was going to QPR then yes he is going for money. But lets be honest we are nowhere near as good as chelsea, trophy wise, history wise, and playing wise. If ba goes to chelsea its for trophies and CL football, money is a nice bonus imo.

    Lets not become arsenal fans and blame every departure on money. (nasri left for trophies, won the league. cesc left for trophies won 4? already, clichy the same, Ashley cole same etc. Yet ask any gooner, they are all money grabbers)

  • t00ntime

    Dec 31, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #3

    @brutooon i think atm it all depends on cisse weather we move on or not. If he still cant score, we are screwed cause remy will make more chances but not score like ba (and cisse last season). If cisse starts scoring, we bring in Remy, attack is sorted.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    Comment #4

    t00ntime : i do agreed with you. for me we need TWO new Strikers – one as a replacement for Ba and one just to gave that extra competition to the strikers.

  • nick_9

    Dec 31, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Toontime agreed. I would feel worse if he left for qpr but cannot argue with Chelsea. Hope they don’t ruin him though otherwise us and him will regret he left.

    Brutoon two strikers would be nice but I can’t see it. We need a central defender asap and then replacements for whoever leaves. Be nice to sign a quality winger as well

  • tweaked

    Dec 31, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Everyone is jumping to conclusions, till I see this confirmed I won’t believe it, I think he wll stay loyal to the toon, if he goes o Chelsea his. Gonna gt lonely been the only Frenchman

  • YankToonFan

    Dec 31, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Fine with letting Ba go but the £2 million smells a bit.

    Now Cisse can get back to being our No. 9 and we can put another needed midfielder on the pitch.

    If we can bring in a talented CB and a winter/striker type, I am happy.

  • YankToonFan

    Dec 31, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #8

    “Winger”, not “winter.”

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 31, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #9


    I think it could be the 2.5 million that we must give to him i.e. w get 5 million and 2.5 million goes to BA

  • Dannyo

    Dec 31, 2012 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #10

    There are rumours Ba is having a scan today or tomorrow.
    Don’t know what it means, if this is some sort of a medical or scan on his knee before negotiating a deal further or if he has an injury.
    Comes out of one of the sky reporters on twitter.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Ba was always leaving just glad it’s happening straight away so we can get a replacement in debuchy a cb n a wide forward will b great reckon we will sign 5 players bcoz I can see Simpson ba leaving n sammi abeid goin out on loan

  • davybtoon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Daily mail reporting debuchy and ba replacement will b in the stands for Everton game

  • Dannyo

    Dec 31, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ll belive that when i see it, lol. Debuchy perhaps. but replacement for Ba?
    No bid has been recieved yet currently.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Dannyo – I believe it, u think we’ve been working towards the thinking ba would stay of course not, like the debuchy deal I think we will try to do most of our business b4 reading at home on jan 15th I think we the need players now to get out this mess that the board have put us in

  • Dannyo

    Dec 31, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Ye, well, if we’re shifting players this early, then i expect us to get players in early aswell.
    I’m not saying its impossible like, i just see it as doubtful.
    If the replacement for Ba will be here, is it Remy or someone else?
    I dunno, i think Remy will be too expensive.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 31, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Give it a rest with the loyalty stuff eh!
    He’s going to chelsea, champions league winners and constant league contenders not fcuking QPR!!
    Also if you found the loyalty bonus story then you would of also found the story that his contract was only 20k a week with performance bonuses which probably explains why the lad was so fcuked off playing on the wing! It also says we had his contract stuffed with our clauses to protect us from his “timebomb knee” which we wouldnt remove
    So we signed him on free, paid him peanuts inserted all sorts of loop holes and get out clauses played him out of position possibly affecting the terms of his wage bonus structure and this makes him the disloyal one?
    Im sorry Ed but you seem to be jumping on the media bandwagon that this is all ba’s fault when i’d bet it’s mostly down to our board just ask nolan barton and hoots

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #17


    Got off the wrong side of the bed did you.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #18


    Can u give the link? please


    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Is it rellay surprising that he,s going !

    After months of turmoil and reports about release clauses etc, etc, etc, etc,

    We got him on a free and paid him peanuts, and till Cisse came to us last year he could,nt stop scoring !

    Don,t come on here talking about Loyalty when we,v been basically screwing this player with low wages and playing him out of position since Cisse came!

    Chelsea will double his wages, and i am betting that there will be no pithing around with relase clauses or any other sort of crap like that with his contract !

    I can,t say i blame him for going, and i wish him all the best, he will probably return next season and bang three in against us!
    Thanks for the memories Demba !


    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Tads @ 16:

    Totally agree with you. Posted without reading the first !

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Will be interesting to see who our CF will be in the next game

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #22


    Why do chelsea have to bid. once all is done they just have to meet the release clause.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Alreet lads, first time poster, very long time lurker!

    Well chuffed Ba is away. Thinking he has been causing disharmony in the dressing room for a long time. No doubt in my mind he is a journey man, he has been very very coy since he came here. Every transfer window. The fact he is jumping ship with the problems we have right now leave no doubt in my mind. Chelsea or QPR, It dosn’t matter to me. His attitude and sheer determination to put himself in the shop window as a main striker, instead of taking one for the team is another example of his selfishness. And i’ll bet this is why there is unsavoury discussions in the dressing room with this rumour that has came about this past couple of days. Although pure speculation of course. But If I was in that dressing room I wouldn’t be best pleased with him either.

    I thank him for his performances on the pitch for our club. But this is all. His coyness might of fooled alot of people, but not me like. I’v had my suspicions for a very long time about this lad. Nice stepping stone NUFC has been for him. I won’t take away though, he did do well. Journey man all the same. Best of luck Demba.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #24

    If Ba is going to Chelsea I would make Lukaka on loan at West Brom part of the deal (if he would come here) scared the sh*t out of defence.

  • sevenho

    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #25

    get debuchy, remy and 1 accomplished center back, and loan carrol back. we will have a very strong squad if we manage to do so

  • 89Norcal

    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m not concerned with loyalty like most of you are. Mostly because we all know the issue with Cisse’s form is Ba, and also because this has been clearly hinted at for a while – and Ba hasn’t necessarily conducted himself poorly.

    IMO it’s a win-win for both parties.


    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Think this is one of the worst threads I’ve read on this site tbh. The loyalty argument holds no water what so ever and a loyalty bonus means he hasent asked for a tranfer we have sold him to my understanding and its quite a common clause in contracts

    He is entitled to the money. I am tired of read that everything in Ba’s contract is his fault NUFC gave him the contract he agreed to it


    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Also loyalty goes both ways does it not? When has Ashleys NUFC shown loyalty to any of our players as soon as anything happens they aren’t happy with their media machine starts up and when the player involves dares to comment otherwise he is fined

  • TorqToon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #29

    Morning gents.

    Whilst it hurts having to pay such a huge sum of money on a ridiculous loyalty bonus – I canny blame Demba for going to chelsea. More money and the chance of trophies. I won’t bitch and moan about the lad, whilst with us he did a job and did it brilliantly. Whilst we are in a transitional we will always be susceptible to losing players. Debuchy is nearly done – which means Cabaye will stay put and improve, then we have January to sign a replacement for Ba. Don’t need 2 CF’s as I believe we need to blood Campbell into the first team.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #30

    rob says December 30, 2012 9:09pm

    QPR just show that it’s not about buying players which brings you success, as Liverpool also prove. It’s about good management to produce a team. Redknapp is a great people manager, but he lacks football technical knowledge, any Spurs and hammers fan can testifiy to that. I’m sure Redknapp can make the team be at harmony, but after 1-2 seasons of bringing the minds together, his lack of technical knowledge will show.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #31

    I cannot help wonder, if it was so evident that Ba would be leaving why did Pardew keep insisting on playing both Ba and Cisse side by side?

    …why not plan ahead! Maybe it is just me, but even in the last two games where we had played 4-3-3 Pardew kept using Ba upfront and played Cisse wide.

    I’ll wait and see if this transfer pans out (cannot believe Pardew is that naive)

  • Slank

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #32

    Chelsea are getting Ba under almost the same conditions that we got him from West Ham.

    If we really wanted Ba we would have removed his get out clause from his contract but because there was always the risk that his knee might go at anytime the club probably thought (like Stoke) that it wasn’t worth the risk to tying him down to a lengthy and expensive contract.

    In retrospect, we have done really well out of Ba. The club took a risk and it paid off in goals. I bet Stoke and West Ham now wish that they had taken that risk.

    There is no shame in wanting to play for a top European club like Chelsea. Good luck to Ba.

    It is arguable that it is better to have someone for a short time who scores regularly like Ba than someone who has been at the club for years and scores occasionally like Shola.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #33

    …I guess it all depends on the reason for it! (and for how many games will you live the dream – we all know the money is good)

  • spitfire_

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #34

    A loyalty bonus? He want to get away putting this clause in his contract… what loyalty? I hope his knee explode in the second when he sign for Chelsea. No hard feelings by the way. Just hate the greed.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #35


    Exactly lads loyalty is a 2 way street the difference is the club some to be leaking all sorts of details regarding his clause fir months but have been very cautious about publicing stuff like his wages, i remember reading from a player there mot even allowed to tell the other players what there on!

    Not really just find articles like this see all the sad idiots crawl out with pathetic statements like they hope his knee explodes just because we wouldn’t offer a better contract!
    Also this loyalty bonus, isnt that the 2 million we’ve know he’d get from day one when his clause was leaked?

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #36

    London and Chelsea with all their wonderful players and twice the money – how could you hold it against him, good luck to ya pal.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #37

    “It is arguable that it is better to have someone for a short time who scores regularly like Ba than someone who has been at the club for years and scores occasionally like Shola.”

    Quality not Quantity

  • Mac

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #38

    Breaking news. Ba not going yo Chelsea. Representatives to speak to other clubs.

  • TorqToon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #39

    TADS – The very same mate! We’ve known Ba will pocket a wedge of cash upon leaving ever since he arrived – now people are talking like its brand new information just because 1 paper has branded it a ‘Loyalty Bonus’!

    Think it’s pretty sad that people are praying for Ba’s knee to give in and set him out for a long time ! More to life and more to football than 1 single player ! Some people need to grow up.

  • TorqToon

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #40

    Mac – That wishful thinking mate or do u have a source?


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