As if it wasn’t bad enough Harry Redknapp openly speculating about Demba Ba’s contract position, we now have West Ham’s Joint Chairman, David Sullivan, doing the same. Are we finding the true ‘Cockney Mafia’ here, all banding together because ‘them Geordie’ have got one over on them?

Whatever the legalities of the situation, it surely has to be totally morally out of order for a club owner to be talking so openly about what a former employee might or might not have in his contract.

In an interview with independent West Ham website, David Sullivan alleges that Demba Ba would get half of anything over £7m if Newcastle sell him.

I don’t know what I believe in relation to Ba’s contract but what I am sure of is that West Ham massively cocked things up and that Sullivan is one bitter man. Result!

Ian Dale (Westhamtillidie): How did that work?  (In relation to Demba Ba allegedly having a get out if West Ham relegated) Did we pay money to Hoffenheim?

David Sullivan: I’ll tell you exactly what happened. We wanted to loan him, but Hoffenheim said they wouldn’t loan him as they could get 6 million euros for him from Stoke. He then failed the medical at Stoke. I went back and asked to loan him again. Again they said no, but they would sell him to us. So we paid 500,000 euros down, which was almost like a loan fee, and then we’d pay 5 ½ million euros starting the next season depending on how many games he played – one level of payment in the Championship, one level of payment on the Premier League. I’ll have to make the figures up because I can’t remember, but something like 25,000 euros a game in the Premier League and 10,000 euros in the Championship. Demba Ba signed a three and a half year contract with us. We had a deal where his salary would be halved if we were relegated. He said, “Well on that basis, I have got to be allowed to walk if we get relegated”. What we should have said in retrospect – but none of us thought he would score so many goals – is that we’d be happy to give him £40 grand a week in the Championship. In the end I offered him £45 grand a week to stay but he wouldn’t take it. What we should have said was that if we don’t halve your salary, you haven’t got a get-out. The failure to put that one line in the contract cost us very, very dearly. As I say, he was on £35 grand a week and I offered him £45 grand a week to stay, but he went to Newcastle. His agent got £2 million to take him to Newcastle.

ID: So do Newcastle now have to pay to Hoffenheim the money you would have had to pay?

DS: No. That’s why Newcastle could always outbid us. It was our deal with Hoffenheim.

ID: So Hoffenheim got stuffed, then.

DS: Yup, they got half a million for him. This didn’t work for anyone except Demba Ba… and Newcastle. I’m told he’s got a £7 million get-out at Newcastle and he gets half the money over that. They keep denying it but I think you’ll see in the summer he will leave Newcastle or he’ll get a monstrous rise to stay there. If they get about four million, half will go to him, so if they sell him for £7 million they’ll only net about three because they paid his agent £2 million to get him out of here. Getting £3 million is not bad, but for a player of his quality it’s not fantastic. It’s one of those mistakes that happen, but it’s probably one of the worst mistakes I have ever made in my life. It just didn’t enter our heads. it didn’t enter anybody’s head that he’d score enough goals that we’d want to give him £40k a week and his old club £15/20k an appearance and we’d still be relegated. In reality that’s exactly what happened. The agent just threw it in at the last minute. He said “Obviously if his salary is cut by 50% you’ve got to let him walk”. We thought, OK, if we get relegated, do we really want a £40k a week striker in the Championship? Well, we would have because he was devastating. If he was with us now and his knee had held up, because remember, he did have a very very bad knee, I think we’d be 15 points clear, I really do. He’d be cutting through those defences. You live and you learn.


Squintytoonarmy 5pts

Townsend, Austin, sigurdsson, Damial gray all gettable but not ones listed above

grantham mag
grantham mag 5pts

One two many son, why would any of these players want to drop in to the championship.

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson 5pts

The hand would be snapped clean off..... You could buy Ronaldinho with that \U0001f602\U0001f602

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

13 million for sissoko kerching. I sign the cheques round here bonny lad. Ha ha

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

Yeah I agree. If we can get 7 million as reported for tiote I'd snap there hands off.

Moxytoon 5pts

Andros townsend no brainer, he's available probably about 10 million & get Carrick from man utd let him play in front of the back 4 give him a 2 year contract to finish his career at his home town club

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson 5pts

Sissoko, Gouffran, Tiote.....not French but still shite!

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

Cabella, marveaux, haidara and thauvin to name a few

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

I'll have 2 of what this writers had. Never heard so much shite in my life. Newcastle don't buy players over 30 any more as there's no resale value. And why would a player from a team higher up the league want to join us? That's why were buying poor quality French players and not British.

scottpaige 5pts

None of the above will happen. Tired of the what might be. Yawn yawn. As a season ticket holder id love bold transfer window by Newcastle. But really is it gonna happen mmmmm????

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave 5pts

Inspirational read this, I've decided to get shot of my Mrs and get Michelle Keegan instead, no problem.

amacdee 5pts

The only problem with all of those options is why would they come to SJP with McWally at the helm and us in the bottom 3 by then ?

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave 5pts

Cracking read. Does anyone know if the author posts on here as "likely lad" ?

kenhomsbarmyarmy 5pts

utter lunancy, this is FIFA level stuff not realistic may aswell sign messi and ronaldo

Prateek Thammineni
Prateek Thammineni 5pts

Yeah because we can convince matip, rojo and bolasie to join us\U0001f602\U0001f602

tkSteveFOX 5pts

Man, you are dreaming and lots of those suggestions are bogus. Instead of Dinho we could get Pato, but that won't be a good transfer as well. Brazilians don`t tend to do that well in England.
We need EPL proven players or Championship TOP players who have experience in English football. Preferebly wide midfielders(wingers) and centre backs. Mbemba is doing pretty well, considering this is his first year in EPL football, but Dummett and Colo are slowing him down.
Bottom line is we need to get rid of as many players as possible in January instead of bringing so much, because I am convinced that they are bad influence in the dressing room. 
We are better of playing Reserve Team players and bring back our loanees than play - Tiote, Cisse, Anita, Colo and especially Gouffran.
We Siem De Jong, we have Armstrong, we have Ferguson and Bigirimana. Get those players back and give them a chance!

Paul Dent
Paul Dent 5pts

What exactly is the next level?


Selling Tiote means we have no defensive midfielder-unbalanced squad-a good striker is no1 priority, it was only Cisse goals in last 2 seasons that kept us up-Austin must be a priority.

Nastynorm 5pts

Disagree with u on hiadara, dummett is the worst left back I've seen in a long time, an oil tanker can turn quicker than him, all he does is get the ball & hoof it up the left wing 4 opponents r/b ! Would rather see him as a c/h. I can't see many players leaving or coming in in January or a change in management, championship here we come !

hettonmag 5pts

@Nastynorm  Dummett  is Willo in disguise  you either play him at CB or not at all.

NottsToon 5pts

I like it, what's Zidane up to these days? Or toothy fat Ronaldo? That Beckham lad can hoy a cross too, maybe a pay as you play.

Martins is on his way back so why not Viduka and Luque, or Owen?


UsmanManuDabos 5pts

Sigurdsson isn't starting at the moment for Swansea, he has one hell of a thunderbolt of a shot on him too, exactly what we could use. We would stand a better chance of getting Sigs than Shelvey anyway. On the subject of Swansea, it looks like passing on Gomis wasn't such a bad call after all. A good start, but Gomis is horrendous now. Terrible player.

Leemo 5pts

This piece is mad. 

And Mbabu isn't a left-back...

CladderJack 5pts

What the hell have you been drinking today? Was already in hysterics by the time I got to Bolasie for 18m in for Sasoko (frying pan and fire or what) but then you pull out the Ronaldinho thing and I'm on the floor by this time only to get up again and read the bit about buying the Leicester front line ... Oh my god my sides!,,,,