With January getting ever closer, there has been positive news on the Demba Ba transfer clause situation.

Despite the much talked about £7.5m buyout clause in his contract, the true overall commitment for any club would be around the £30m mark, plus other considerations.

As well as the £7.5m transfer fee, it is believed Ba’s agent(s) are seeking a £80,000 a week pay deal over four years (another £16m), plus The Independent are reporting an incredible £5m in fees to his agents. Once again it isn’t hard to see where the driving force for any deal could be.

Due to the overall price of the package it is claimed there hasn’t been one firm bid made, either last summer or in the lead up to this upcoming winter window.

It is also believed that Demba would get half (£3.75m) of the buyout fee.

An important consideration for any buying club is that while Ba’s fitness has been excellent at St.James’ Park, his long standing knee problem will have to be taken care of in terms of insurance which will be a considerable extra cost.

With each successive transfer window this issue is going to crop up and if the January one sees no change, either in terms of a transfer or a new NUFC contract agreed, then it will simply mean in the summer the player will have only one year left on his contract and be in an even stronger position in terms of bargaining power.

Despite all of the talk it is believed that Demba Ba is more than happy at Newcastle but something will have to give sometime if the player is going to be here for much longer.

6 comments
Hughie
Hughie

Great stuff Travis. Perhaps it has something to do with not recruitingplayers with aerial ability, or being too lazy to use it-- where had Sissoko been all season until that dramatic header against West Ham? This is also a major factor resulting in having the second and third worst defence in the PL in the last 2 seasons. We have been expert at creating teams full of midgets or poor headers of a ball for several years--Armstrong is the latest example-- and it is blindingly obvious to all of us. Apart from a coaching issue it is a recruitment problem and I blame the much lauded Carr once again. This feller seems to be increasingly influential at the club, and continues to be a major weakness in my book.

BearNUFC
BearNUFC

@Hughie Owen and Cahill were two of the best headers of the ball in the game and they were tiny

1957
1957

Given that our coaching staff last season included the self proclaimed best manager, in addition to the best coach, in the Premier League maybe supporters have got it wrong and modern, up to date coaching sees scoring from set pieces as being dishonest in some way. What else can explain our only tactic (kick the ball toward Williamson) that gives the opposition the best chance to defend.

AndrewCowley1
AndrewCowley1

Scoring from a corner has passed into the stuff of legend.whispered in hushed tones around a camp fire,the story of shearer scoring with a header or Albert,a centre back!, scoring goals is now just mythical folklore,passed from generation to generation to keep the kids supporting the toon.

kidda
kidda

I like the article.

Mike Willianson goes up for every corner and free kick...in his 160+ matches, that has got to be around 1000 crosses into the box and he has scored one goal,and I don' think that was a direct header...what is the point ??

toon tony
toon tony

Blimey. ...I need some of that medicine too. ..!!!!!