Arsenal Join The Bidding War For Demba Ba

With Chelsea’s pursuit of Demba Ba stalled by his agents calling of negotiations on Sunday night, it now seems that was because Arsenal have entered the bidding for the 27 year-old Senegal striker.

alan pardew today

Alan Pardew – what can I do?

Chelsea have refused to pay the £2M his agents are asking they get paid for the deal, but perhaps they are hopping that Arsenal will pay them the money and if they do they could fix the deal for the Newcastle striker to join Arsenal.

The bidding war in this case is not on the transfer fee, which is set in the release clause – but it’s on Demba Ba’s wages and the fees his agents can get for the deal.

Ba’s advisers are apparently arguing that Chelsea should be able to pay them the £2M since the London club are getting £12M from Liverpool for the transfer of Daniel Sturridge – but of course it’s not whether Chelsea have the money, but whether it’s right to pay huge agents’ fees in a transfer.

That logic would appear to go right over the heads of Ba’s agents.

And there is also interest from Tottenham Hotspur, so three London clubs seems to be interested in trying to secure the services of the current Newcastle United striker, and PSG are waiting in the wings, as some reports suggest.

Alan Pardew has called on Demba Ba to issue a statement of loyalty to Newcastle, but that will not happen, and it’s a situation that Newcastle are helpless to stop – or so it would seem.

This is what the Newcastle manager said late yesterday:

“At the end of the day if he feels that our offer isn’t right for Ba, what can I do?” “I can’t remember a situation like it, quite with this level of speculation and information being put about. So I think that’s a frustration for us as a club – massively. Hopefully he will play against Everton, but we could get an offer tomorrow and he could go. I’d save it’s evens whether he stays or goes.”

It’s an unsavory situation for Newcastle United for sure – what do you think?

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94 comments so far

  • Sazzer

    Jan 1, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Happy New”Castle”Year! Ed, Debuchy and rest of you TNUB:ers!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah yeah yeah but where the hell is debuchy??

  • wynsleap

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Happy New Year to you Ed and to all the black ‘n’ white guys on here.
    Let’s hope 2013 is a year to remember and not one to forget for the lads.

  • NUFCarter

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Transfer window is officially open, has debuchy joined yet? Haha.

    Hoping for a happy new year for Newcastle united and all

  • Kyo

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Go to bed lads. Debuchy will be waiting in the morning/noon!

  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Debut-chy on wednesday, me thinks! Anyway here’s to Ed and a Happy New Year HWTL!

  • Oldgit1

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Happy new year ED and all nufc supporters who contribute to this blog. Have a gud un.

  • puretoon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #8

    All the very best lads. Can’t wait for debuchy turning up 🙂

  • puretoon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #9

    All the very best lads and to you Ed- many thanks for all the blog work.
    Can’t wait for debuchy turning up 🙂

  • Scotty

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Demba…. Shake but’s hand on the way out… Good riddance!!! HNY…..

  • Graeme

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Happy New Year Ed and to all the fellow bloggers on here. May 2013 bring each and every one of you everything you would wish for yourselves.

  • ba humbug

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Ba Humbug !

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #14

    If hypothetically this were to happen, would anyone be disappointed?

    Douglas/any other decent CB


  • paddythemagpie

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #15

    good read jamsha!! I know i for 1 would not want pards to go?give him a chance hel turn er round

  • MacToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #16

    “I’d save it’s evens whether he stays or goes.”
    lol. caught the casino bug?

  • MacToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #17

    Happy New Year Ed, all the best to you and you family, many thanks for the last 5 going on 6 years 🙂

  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 1, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Just seen Reading have signed Daniel Carrico for just 600K! Absolute bargain! He would’ve been very useful to us. Can’t see him not having a relegation clause though, perhaps nab him in the summer.

  • RonVanDam

    Jan 1, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #19

    We should raid Ajax. The are loaded with quality players

  • t00ntime

    Jan 1, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #20

    @jamsha i’m pretty sure williamson was only banned 1 match+ anita is injured right? for the rest its a good read

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jan 1, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #21

    Have Remy and Debuchy signed yet? And Douglas.
    And Boudebouz. And Williamson and Simpson sold. And Sissoko. And Alderweireld.

    Come on!! It’s been over four hours already!!

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jan 1, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #22

    ….And M’biwa….

  • t00ntime

    Jan 1, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #23

    wheres debuchy! we need him fir wednesday (as simmo is injured) so does that not mean he has to sign before 12:00 today? not looking good for that then lol Cud be tough playing everton with only 1 FB

  • stuart no9

    Jan 1, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #24

    first of all- happy new year to everyone on this site, and all nufc fans everywhere. as for BA f//ck him. pards needs to buy another CF. let ba go where he wants, if he cant make his mind up, thats up to him – we need to move on- enough is enough. WHY should chelsea pay the 2m or whatever it is just coz they got12m for sturridge?? . lets get a quality forward in and BA can do one. he needs to be careful though he may end up with nichts. loads of respect has gone because of greed, maybe not ba;s fault but his agents and family could ruin him- if we get a decent forward in his place , i wont give a toss. happy new year.

  • Mumbai Mag

    Jan 1, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Imagine if we get Remy & Sakho and Ba ends up staying here.

    ——— Krul ———
    Debuchy – Colo – Saylor – Santon
    —— Cabaye —— Anita ——
    Ben Arfa — Marveaux — Remy
    ——— Cisse ———

    Bench- Ba, Sakho, Tiote, Shola,Willo, Perch, Fergie.

    that is one hell of a team with a strong bench.

    Debuchy & Ben Arfa bombing from one side & Santon & Remy from the other, Scary 😀

    Happy New Year Ed & others here. Good times ahead. HTL!!!

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 1, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #26

    James Tomkins is being linked

    What are ppl’s views on him

  • ToonMauritius

    Jan 1, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #27
  • cisse_the_legend

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Happy Debuchy day!

  • TorqToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Morning gents ! And a happy new year to you all. 6 hours left of my night shift and is hope to see Dreamboat part deux in a toon shirt before I go to bed!

    Anybody know anymore about the Helicopter carrying a French international last night on their way to the club? Debuchy? Remy?

    Who knows?!!!?! 🙂

  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #30

    @Indian – For me he’s vastly overrated. Not even a guaranteed starter at w. ham. I wouldn’t be adverse to him as back-up and he’s probably better than Willo but for the sort of money W Ham will want (because he’s relatively young and english) we should look elsewhere. For that sort of money we could get someone from the continent who will challenge Saylor for the starting spot (if he’s ever fit long enough) rather than challenge Willo for 3rd choice.

  • TorqToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #31

    2 goal tino – Spot on. Don’t particularly rate the lad very highly and feel there’s better value for money elsewhere. I would like the following in order;

    1) Yanga-Mbiwa
    2) Alderwield
    3) Sakho

  • cisse_the_legend

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Debuchy Colo ___________ Santon

    Cant really fill that with Saylor (Man’s forever injured tho he’s the best of the lot) Any suggestions?

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #33

    German Pezella

  • cisse_the_legend

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #34

    whoa. Just googled him. got a shirtless picture and found out he’s Argentinian and not german. Lol

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #35

    You guys have high hopes if you think Mbiwa or Sakho are coming to Newcastle.

    I hope they do, but Douglas seems like a much more likely scenario.

  • cisse_the_legend

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #36

    I faintly remember Douglas’ agent having a real fallout with Newcastle

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #37

    I would not have Douglas

    I would rather go for Alderwiereld or Moissander

  • Dagwoodz

    Jan 1, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #38

    I just hope we get a couple quality signings in before this window shuts, though I’m not going to hold my breath with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum in the front office pulling the financial strings and the AP playing the part of the Cheshire Cat.

    I would have given odds that Ba was going to leave in the last window, and yet he stayed. I can’t honestly say I blame him for looking for a new contract, whether with the Toon or elsewhere. TBH, I think all the humdrum with Ba is directly attributable to his agents who are throwing the line out there trying to hook a foolish fish who’ll pay the exhorbitant agents fee’s. (see Chelski or ‘Pool).

    Always have high hopes, but expect the worst…been the status quo for as long as I’ve followed the Toon. Hopefully all of our activity in this window will be front loaded so we can set our team for the rest of the season now and try and get some stability in there, that’s a big reason we’re having such a huge dip in form. I can’t remember the last time we played the same line-up from match to match; unlike last year.

    Happy New Year to everyone, and Howay the Lads!

  • Dagwoodz

    Jan 1, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #39


    I would prefer we bring in Guidetti to the squad vice Remy. I think there’s a good reason that he’s been warming the bench in the French Division…we got burned on paying over the odds on strikers in the past based upon their past performances. Why do that again? Guidetti is younger with a huge upside.

    I hate to say it as well, but we really should be looking at TWO CB’s, not just one. With Saylor constantly on the physio’s table, and Colo starting to lose a step or three, wouldn’t the right thing be to get replacements lined up now?

    Alderwield / Pieters / Douglas…two of the three preferably.

    Abeid (loan)
    Tavernier (loan)

    And no, I don’t think we should be so quick to sell Simpson. While he’s had some absolute howlers, he’s also been nothing but loyal to the club, and would be good as a back up to Debuchy.

  • ash1001

    Jan 1, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #40

    Happy New Year everyone, and especially to Ed and his family for keeping the blog going through thick and thin. WELL DONE ED. hope your steady progress continues.

    Back to BA and everything surrounding the current situation, firstly I blame West Ham for the situation Newcastle find them selves in regarding buyout clauses and agents fees, thought they would have learned there lesson after the Trevez and Mascarano carry on. secondadly regardless what the BA situation is (presuming hes still at the club) I would not play him, he is obviously not going to commit to Newcastle so hes not going to be in the right frame of mind for playing against Everton (just in case he gets injured).
    Am not been anti BA, but like all of us just sick of all the speculation so I think a bit of ‘Gardening Leave’ is called for in his case, just do not think he is that popular in the camp at the present time i.e only 3 went to congratulate him on scoring against Arsenal – same 3 both times.


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