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Arsenal Join The Bidding War For Demba Ba

12:53 am, Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 94 Comments

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 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sazzer // Jan 1, 2013 at 12:58 AM

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

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Yeah yeah yeah but where the hell is debuchy??

  • 3 wynsleap // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    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.

  • 4 NUFCarter // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:11 AM

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

    Hoping for a happy new year for Newcastle united and all

  • 5 Kyo // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:15 AM

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

  • 6 Bloody Marveauxlous // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:34 AM

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

  • 7 Oldgit1 // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:36 AM

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

  • 8 puretoon // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:37 AM

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

  • 9 puretoon // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:39 AM

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

  • 10 Scotty // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:44 AM

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

  • 11 JAMSHA // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:45 AM

  • 12 Graeme // Jan 1, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    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.

  • 13 ba humbug // Jan 1, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Ba Humbug !

  • 14 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Jan 1, 2013 at 2:45 AM

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

    Douglas/any other decent CB


  • 15 paddythemagpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 2:55 AM

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

  • 16 MacToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 2:58 AM

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

  • 17 MacToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 3:00 AM

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

  • 18 2_goal_tino // Jan 1, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    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.

  • 19 RonVanDam // Jan 1, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    We should raid Ajax. The are loaded with quality players

  • 20 t00ntime // Jan 1, 2013 at 4:37 AM

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

  • 21 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Jan 1, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    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!!

  • 22 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Jan 1, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    ….And M’biwa….

  • 23 t00ntime // Jan 1, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    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

  • 24 stuart no9 // Jan 1, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    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.

  • 25 Mumbai Mag // Jan 1, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    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!!!

  • 26 Indian Magpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    James Tomkins is being linked

    What are ppl’s views on him

  • 27 ToonMauritius // Jan 1, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    interview of Alan Pardew on the Demba Ba situation

  • 28 cisse_the_legend // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Happy Debuchy day!

  • 29 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    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?!!!?! 🙂

  • 30 2_goal_tino // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    @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.

  • 31 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    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

  • 32 cisse_the_legend // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Debuchy Colo ___________ Santon

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

  • 33 Indian Magpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    German Pezella

  • 34 cisse_the_legend // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

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

  • 35 89Norcal // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    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.

  • 36 cisse_the_legend // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:50 AM

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

  • 37 Indian Magpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    I would not have Douglas

    I would rather go for Alderwiereld or Moissander

  • 38 Dagwoodz // Jan 1, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    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!

  • 39 Dagwoodz // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:09 AM


    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.

  • 40 ash1001 // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    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.

  • 41 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Happy New year Lads 🙂

    A New beginning for our club with wins for a change! Guys have a great year, lots of love money and happiness 🙂

    and Lots of proper god damn signings !!!!

  • 42 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Happy new years to all the posters who make this blog the passionate place it is from the ibizas to the catchys were all one big messed up geordie family!
    And a massive happy new years to ED for all the hard work he does to keep this place going and doing his best to keep us all informed to the best of his abilities to keep us informed about our great club
    Keep up the good work ED and here’s to a new year of great football and great health mate

    They reckon anita will be fit for everton!

  • 43 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    I’m not sure on Douglas to be honest. Already hinted at Newcastle not being a big enough club for him – although I hear that could’ve possibly been a loss on translation somewhere. I would much prefer a pacey CB as that’s what we lack very much. I actually believe we need 2 CB’s but that won’t happen this month – I’m hoping one comes in this window and another in the summer. Willo has had his chances to shine and has been found lacking quite a bit.

  • 44 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    TADS – “One big messed up Geordie family!”

    Couldn’t have put it better myself! Happy new year to you my friend.

  • 45 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    “Play for the name on the FRONT of the shirt….and people will remember the name on the BACK of the shirt.” – Tony Adams

    Maybe Demba Ba should take a leaf out of his book and tell his ‘advisors’ to back off – he needs to remember that to us – Newcastle is more than just a club and playing in the black and whites – is something to be honoured and respected.

    Ba should come out and either affirm his intention to stay with a new contract or state his desire to leave. We’ve heard nothing from him – which tells me the latter is where he is at.

  • 46 89Norcal // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:44 AM


    One big messed up Geordie family: that could be a sitcom, we’d make millions! Having us Newcastle fans from overseas attempting to decipher Geordie would be instant comedy 🙂

    Good news on Anita by the way

  • 47 Magickit // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Debuchy finallllllllllllllly a done deal

  • 48 Toonboy_84 // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:58 AM


    Where are you getting that from?

  • 49 Magickit // Jan 1, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    from trifootball …

    Newcastle boss Pardew delighted with Debuchy arrival
    Submitted by on Tue, 01/01/2013 – 07:08
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    Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is delighted with the imminent arrival of Lille fullback Mathieu Debuchy.

    Debuchy is due at St James’ Park tomorrow to complete his £5.5m move. He will be in the squad to face Brighton in the FA Cup third round on Saturday after Danny Simpson broke a toe at Arsenal last weekend.

    Pardew said: “A player of his quality will boost everybody. Defensively, we are so short.”

  • 50 Toonboy_84 // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Ok. Thanks. Great news.

  • 51 89Norcal // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Couldn’t find the Debuchy news but if it’s all done but the papers – great news!

    Adds another dimension to our game, wonder if Simmo will start Wednesday?

  • 52 Magickit // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    can find here as well ~~ at the end of the passage

    Also cabaye and S taylor will be back on 12-Jan ….. oh ….. thats really good news !!!!!

  • 53 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Norcal – simmo is out for 3 weeks or so mate. Broken toe

  • 54 89Norcal // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    If Ba’s agents continue to get their wage/fee demands shot down by other interested clubs, I’m predicting his agents will cave and he’ll be forced to re-sign with us for a more practical wage. I also wonder if this and any future signings will sway him to re-consider.

    But if Pardew doesn’t strong arm him and Cisse and use a lone striker, it will be the same old circus.

  • 55 Indian Magpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    @SkySportsNews running the story Demba Ba’s clause has been activated! Shit panic they’ve let a cat out the bag here the utter bastards!

  • 56 bobby vee // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I’m sure I speak for everyone by wishing ED and his
    family every good wish and a healthy New Year. Also
    to all the contributors who make this site way out in
    front on all matters NUFC – “Simply the BEST”
    Keep the Faith – we never surrender!!

  • 57 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Indian – I’ve had SSN on all morning and not seen anything. Where have to read that?

  • 58 BelfastMagpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    It’s not finalllllly done until it’s on the website !

  • 59 Indian Magpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Torq Toon


  • 60 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Torq toon
    Aye happy new year buddy
    On demba i dont think its as straight forward as he’s done this or the clubs done that and i think both parties have handled it as professionally as they can given the media attention surrounding the situation
    I like demba and rate hom very highly and would hate to lose him, but my fear now is due to the less than subtle actions of his “advisors” his position at the club might be untenable, like i said hope not and hopefully he and the club can sort any problems out and he can commit and have a long happy career at the toon time will tell!

    89 Norcal
    Would be funny that still makes me laugh watching my wife trying to figure out what me gramps is saying to her!

  • 61 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    With it being January 1st – his clause is ACTIVE but no bid has been received so its not been ACTIVATED as yet.

  • 62 Indian Magpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Torq Toon

    I realise that i could be an old tweet. though

  • 63 89Norcal // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM


    A video of your wife and grandpa attempting that conversation might get you a fair amount of youtube hits 🙂 You can make money off them you know!

    Just read that Simpson broke his toe in training, which means Debuchy would likely be a shoe-in starter for the Everton game, very interesting.

  • 64 BelfastMagpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    The sooner the Ba situation is sorted the better. I think he’ll end up in Paris.

  • 65 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Indian – As far as I’m aware there has been no further bids for Ba. I’m sure there WILL be and wouldn’t surprise me if Chelsea came back in for him again. Does anybody know if his clause is active for the WHOLE of January? Or just part of the window as with the summer?

  • 66 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Belfast – and I couldn’t blame him for that! Should he end up at Arsenal or QPR though I’d be livid ! He would only go to arsenal if Walcott left though IMO.

  • 67 89Norcal // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Actually Simpson’s toe injury was from the Arse game, didn’t even notice.

  • 68 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    And I would take a straight swap for Walcott in a heartbeat. Wouldn’t happen mind.

  • 69 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    What i dont get is why the media go on about his clause which becomes active every window? Its a release clause of course its fcuking active during a transfer window just like every other player with a release clause!!!

  • 70 BelfastMagpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    I dont mind if he goes to Chelsea or Arsenal or any of the top clubs.

    But if he went to Qpr or West Ham. It would leave a sour taste in the mouth.

  • 71 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Im on it! Its proper funny to be fair its like watching a crap version of chinese whispers there talking to each other but about 2 completly different things!

  • 72 wilko // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    happy new year ED hope it’s a good one for you and yours

  • 73 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    TADS – They have to try and fill their papers somehow and padding it out with the same old rubbish is one way of doing this.

    Saw Demba tweeted yesterday but upon translation is was only a notice with regards a football tournament in France.

  • 74 Indian Magpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Torq Toon

    anothe shirt design that you can make

    Demba ba thinking – “In My Advisors I Trust”

  • 75 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I suppose ! But if they want to keep Walcott and he wants to play down the middle – Ba will be nothing more than a back up, same at Chelsea really. Can’t see Benitez dropping Torres. He is European cup tied so can’t play in the CL or Europa league this year which surely would limit his game time.

  • 76 89Norcal // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM


    hahaha, like those awkward conversations when you nod and say yes because even though you can’t understand 🙂

    Can’t wait till Kets chimes in. He must be a riot during the transfer window.

  • 77 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Indian – Thats a very good idea. I will pass it on to my brother in law. Although if I were to put pictures of ALL his advisors on the shirt – is have to stitch 8-9 together !

  • 78 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Norcal – Have you not experienced Kets during silly season yet? It’s quite a spectacle ! 🙂

  • 79 BelfastMagpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Walcott is a fool if he leaves Arsenal.

    I would say a certain Mr Henry has already told him exactly that.

    If he wants to play striker, he should stay where he is.

  • 80 89Norcal // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:32 AM


    My eyes are usually fixed on the transfer clockwatch so sadly I missed him the last year I’ve been on the blog. But looking forward to his spectacular transfer recommendations and budget analysis 🙂

  • 81 Newcastleforlife // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    happy newyear Ed…. QPR cannot activate BA’a release clause as they are not cl side….
    woul be better if BA goes to QPR fo 15 million rather than Chelski for 7.5 million
    Ofcourse with a release clause if QPR gets relegated:)

  • 82 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    If QPR go down – with their outlay and wage bill – they could be in HUGE trouble financially!

  • 83 Newcastleforlife // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    taarbat, granero.hoillet all will be available 4 cheap then

  • 84 BelfastMagpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    They’ve got the perfect manager, if they want to go bankrupt. Lol

  • 85 Newcastleforlife // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM

  • 86 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Granero – With the right man management will be a world class player.

    Hoillet – Well I reckon he had his chance and chose money over everything and anybody else

    Taarabt – No doubting a fantastic player. Skilful and his work rate this season seems better than previous years. I wouldn’t mind him at the club but on a short leash until we know he is 100% for the team.

  • 87 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Just heard that there was some ‘movement’ at the club fairly late last night !!! Debuchy??

  • 88 gaz 44 // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    granero is horrible even the qpr fans boo him.. just cos he’s from a great club doesn’t make him a great player

  • 89 AusMagpie // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    I’ve refreshed the nufcblog home page every 30 minutes for the last 9 hours hoping to see some good news.

  • 90 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I’m not taking about Granero’s personality or the lad himself – I’m on about pure ability. And he has it in abundance. He must know by now that QPR was a mistake and the club itself must see they are paying WAY over the odds for many of their squad.

  • 91 JAMSHA // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    debuchy to arive tomoro

  • 92 JAMSHA // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

  • 93 JAMSHA // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    so he wont play against everton 😮

  • 94 toon smart // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    My guesses for the transfer window are:

    A cheap CB from a mid-table european club, probably in the age range of 21-25. This could be –
    Willy Boly
    Virgil van Dijk
    Jeffrey Gouweleeuw
    Erik Pieters

    Don’t think we will be able to get players like Douglas, Sakho, Alderweireld or Mbwia. Each of these players are playing for a club that is competing at the top of their respective leagues or/and thinks they will get a better deal in the summer.

    Attacking wise, i think it all depends on whether Ba leaves or not. If Ba stays, i don’t think they will be any other incomings. If he leaves then, i would guess the following:

    Loic Remy – Could be bought for a smallish outlay if you take into account the money from the Ba transfer.
    Miralem Sulejmani – Ajax want to sell, player wants to leave, 6 months left on, can play on the left, right or as secondary striker as part of a front 3.

    So in summary, i think Debuchy should be in soon (hopefully before the Everton game) and then it will be 1 other defender. Any other changes will depend on the Ba situation.

    p.s. Happy New Year

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