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Alan Pardew Confirms It – Demba Ba Off To Chelsea

4:30 am, Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Alan Pardew has confirmed that Demba Ba will join Chelsea, and that follows Newcastle’s 11  defeats in the last 13 league games, and things at the moment look very bleak on Tyneside.

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Demba Ba - waving goodbye – I’m off
The 27 year-old Senegal striker was left our of Newcastle’s squad for the game against Everton last night, after Chelsea came in with a £7M offer that met Ba’s release price in his contract.

And after Chelsea’s shock 1-0 loss to bottom of the table QPR last night – they gained 3 points on Newcastle – Blues manager Rafael Benitez said this after the game:

“Fernando Torres is one of the players we need to rest, he has been playing too many games. I don’t have any official information about the situation. Officially Ba is not our player. The club are working on it and we can talk about him when it’s official.”

“If we can do the business then, hopefully, he can be available for the weekend.”

And it must be hard for Newcastle fans to not think that Ba has deserted a Newcastle side in trouble, and he simply followed the money, and the Magpies are now only two points above the drop zone, and we cannot seem to stop losing at the moment.

But Alan Pardew was strangely upbeat about Ba’s departure:

‘It’s done, he’ll go to Chelsea with our blessing.” “‘For us, it’s not a bad thing because all the uncertainty over whether he was going to stay, it’s now done. We are bigger than any player so in some respects I’m pleased.”

The Senegal striker, 27, joined Newcastle in 2011 on a free transfer from West Ham and he scored 29 goals in 58 games for Newcastle, and how we’ll do without him we have no idea.

But last night’s loss to Everton has sent alarm bells through St. James’ Park and this coupled with Ba’s imminent departure makes things look just a little bleak at the moment on Tyneside..

Newcastle are trying to sing Loic Remy from Marseilles, but other clubs are also interested in the 25 year-old, and with Newcastle now being 6th bottom of the league and on a terrible run of results, it could even be difficult to attract some good players to the club in January.

We thank Demba Ba for a great 18 months, but are disappointed he elected to leave us half-way through the season for better money in London.

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 soundoid // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    This time it’s not a fight for glory.

    It’s a fight to the death.

    We can do this.

    HWTL

  • 2 numnut // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    hes not worth a comment

  • 3 Sawbuck // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    We’re back on the Minkies again!

    Ashley and Llambias shouldn’t be on any bridge in the world never mind ours.

    So no new signings yet Liverpool grabbed Sturridge. Haven’t we been tghrough this before? Yes last time we were on the Minkies during a force 12

  • 4 Salaam // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    The only problem that a lot of fans dont seem to see is…what happens when Cisse is injured?
    You comfy with a 10+m euro french winger untested in the premierleague, who DOES have heart problems, and is not a natural CF.

    Are you comfortable upgrading on the wing for 10m? If cisse is injured we better hope all these wingers can score more goals than we will leak at the back!! Our success is not dependent on Cisse, but on the formation, wingers, defending AND the owner to splash some cash and fill the 2-3 positions we need in ORDER OF IMPORTANCE..

    For me its RB, CB, CF, or even CB, RB, CF

    Debuchy 5m
    Douglas 5m
    And a CF, not a winger..

    Someone who is taller, stronger and has different strengths and weaknesses to Cisse. We need a yin-yang partnership for him..

    OR we need to make up our mind about 4-3-3 …
    if we are sure its the formation to play…bring in Remy, sign a cheap back up CF who can step in for Cisse, Douglas and Debuchy.

    Either way you look at it – IF we sign remy – we need to fill 3 more positions after that.

    So i think we should fill these 3 positions and not sign remy due to how much he will cost and the fact he is not a true CF, although his goal ratio suggests it – he is a pacy RF/LF type who wont cut it when/if cisse is injured.

  • 5 soundoid // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    “What is a club in any case?

    Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.

    It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.

    It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.

    It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”

    Sir Bobby Robson

  • 6 soundoid // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    If you don’t love this club.

    Do one.

    Soundoid.

  • 7 Salaam // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    I truly hope we go after Debuchy – Douglas and a young but proven natural CF…

    maybe after that we can sign someone to help on the wing since we are sick of obertan/jonas (i think marveaux should play centrally. he may be the most natural no.10 in the side)

    I REALLY REALLY HOPE LOIC REMY IS A SMOKE SCREEN.

    I would prefer Andy Carroll for 10m.
    At least he can play centrally and is proven in the premiership if/when cisse gets injured.

    Maybe we could hi-jack Tom Ince for 6m?

    Debuchy
    Douglas
    Proven young CENTRAL forward.
    Ince/zaha/Lukoki from ajax. 6m-8m

    MAX : 20m for 4 positions.
    Much better than 10m for a winger (our 4/5th most needed position..)

  • 8 Rock // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    I don’t have much good thoughts in my head at the moment. even a point at home would have been okay and i wasn’t expecting anything out of the manu and arsenal matches. but now we are officially on a free fall. I hope we sign at least two players before the cup game and give them a feel of it in the match.

  • 9 Salaam // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    We could get..

    Douglas for 3.5m
    Debuchy for 5m
    a CF who is under 26 and over 6’0 tall / capped internationally with a .30-.50 goals per game ratio. – 5m
    A young pacy natural winger for 5m-7m
    Maybe even Momo Diame if he wasnt injured..

    In my opinion we are paying for the fact we signed a bunch of kids last summer…
    Amalfitano, Bigi, Good – what have these really done us?

    We needed Diame, Douglas, Debuchy, a CF and a winger.

    We will NEVER fill all those positions in january..so its a matter of russian roulette… the position we dont fill, could be the one we need, and the position we do fill could in hindsight be useless..

    Why the f should we sign Remy if we have Sa.Ameobi – Fergy, Obertan, Jonas, HBA and Marveaux who all play this positon?

    Furthermore how is that a cure for Ba leaving?

    “well because Ba didnt want to play out wide!”

    bull shit!
    we need a CF, not a winger – regardless of 4-3-3 or 4-4-2..

    SIMPLE FACTS are we have 6 capable wingers..
    and 5 CF – Cisse, Ameobi, Campbell, Xisco, Ranger..
    Only 1 of those I am comfy with starting whereas i am OK with 5 of our wingers starting anygame

  • 10 JAMSHA // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    salaam

    wat makes u think ul get a Proven young CENTRAL forward for 9mil?????

    Remy is Not Testd In Epl…but watchd him many times an he is class…

    Ince/zaha/Lukoki from ajax.
    6m-8m????

    ince mayb for 6mil.but his going to liverpool…zaha? u think ul get him for 8mil…mayb 10-15mil..lukoki…

  • 11 AmericanMagpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Ive only been following Newcastle for 4 years but its been a crazy 4 years. Relegation. Promotion. Andy Carroll. Joey Barton’s Twitter account. Ba’s arrival. Cisse’s arrival. Finishing 5th. Worst start to a Newcastle season and now Ba’s departure. I need a beer.

  • 12 thai-mag // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    same old transfer window, loads of rumours but no players yet, cant see any good players wanting to come to toon when they see they shambolic way we play, I even think we might still loose a couple more because there is something sadly wrong behind the scenes.

  • 13 El Sleeve // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    I’m glad ba’s leaving as the uncertainty is now over

    but its essential we bring in at least 3

    debuchy – finally
    mirin/douglas
    sissoko – pre contract altho difficult to do if we get relegated (more likely when we get relegated at the moment)
    tom ince/matt phillips
    remy
    an out and out CF, I’d take Carroll for 10 mill as hoofball plays to his strengths

    can u imagine marv, benny playing off carroll, would work perfectly

    almost as importantly, we need another fitness coach and another coach with senior authority, maybe harper could fill in???

    either way there is no excuse not to act in this window. if we don’t, we’re going down unless we flog pardew, altho i want the man to do well

  • 14 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Chuffed to bits. Thankgod he has gone. Onwards and Upwards then!

  • 15 89Norcal // Jan 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    AmericanMagpie

    lol I’m used to it, being a Sac Kings and Raiders fan. Welcome to the life of a room fan!

    Best part is we are DONE with the fixture run from Hell, now we can non CL/in form sides again and start climbing the table!

  • 16 AmericanMagpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    89NorCal

    I live in Sacramento but from the Bay Area. I’m a Warriors fan and a RAIDERS fan.

  • 17 taker83 // Jan 3, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    okay that bastard is gone…hope he scores an own goal for chelsea and lay on the ground.

  • 18 taker83 // Jan 3, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    okay that bastard is gone…hope he scores an own goal for chelsea and lay on the ground….

  • 19 taker83 // Jan 3, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    okay that bastar is gone…hope he scores an own goal for chelsea and lay on the ground.

  • 20 Lynxie // Jan 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    If Pardew is looking for a striker who has the lot, he could do no better than Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao). Out of contract at the end of the season and Athletic would take anything rather than nothing to move him on, as he has made his intentions clear that he wants to move on. Big, strong, quick, powerful in the air, great finisher and an exquisite first touch. I have seen him on countless occasions here ( I live in Bilbao currently), and this guy is the real deal.




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