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Demba Ba – How Far Should Newcastle Go?

9 years ago

A story that looks like it will run and run this summer is the future of Demba Ba.

Ever since our mate ‘Arry Redknapp stuck his nose in where he wasn’t wanted and talked about Ba having a clause in his contract, speculation has never stopped about other clubs potentially getting him on the cheap.

We can accept now that there is a clause, as even Alan Pardew has made that clear in public; “There is a clause there. There is a situation with his contract, and we are in talks with him and his agent. It is not a foregone conclusion that he will stay”.

Then in response to rumours that talks had broken down between player (Demba Ba) and club with regard to his future, Ba replied to a fan on twitter as follows; “I don’t (know) man. I just enjoy my holiday. My guys are working on it. We’ll wait to see how far the talks go”.

It  is generally speculated/accepted that the clause means any transfer fee would be set at around £7m and there are additional claims that Ba himself would be entitled to some (potentially up to half allegedly) of any transfer fee.

Even if this is all true and taking into account the signing on fee he received when arriving at St.James’ Park, I think Newcastle United will have done really well out of Demba Ba even if he ends up leaving.

I desperately don’t want him to as even without his goals he’s made an excellent contribution to our season run-in and of course before Cisse arrived NUFC were walking on a real tightrope as they relied almost exclusively on one man, Demba Ba, for their goal threat. We don’t want to be returning to that situation.

The fact is that surely we can’t be moaning if Ba did leave on the ‘cheap’ as Newcastle benefited in exactly that way when signed for nothing from West Ham, thanks to a clause regarding relegation. Ba’s goals were the foundation for last season and I really doubt that Pardew would have been given the money to buy Cisse if Newcastle hadn’t put themselves into such a good position at the halfway point.

Demba Ba is widely reported to be on £50,000 a week and to get rid of the contract clause(s) he wants extra cash. I find it interesting that Danny Simpson has attracted a fair amount of fan criticism for being greedy as he attempts to negotiate his contract, whereas I haven’t seen anything negative with regard to Ba.

Is it because of their perceived relative worth to the team or is it because fans think we got a bargain and fair play to him for asking for extra cash because he’s been a success and his value has gone up accordingly?

Back in the day the likes of Bellamy and Dyer regularly renegotiated their contracts as their value to the club increased but Newcastle United now are certainly forging a reputation for taking a hard line when it comes to transfer fees and wages.

It is hard to argue with the club’s stance because any pay rise would almost undoubtedly see Cisse’s representatives queuing up next to renegotiate. Maybe a solution would be for Newcastle United to justify any payout as a simple one-off payment to buy out the clause, rather than the money being seen as extra ‘wages’.

The other question may be how desperate are the club to hang onto a player whose goals had dried up, another player playing through the middle now who is scoring for fun and rumours persisting of a knee problem which could flare up at any time.

I suppose the other part of the equation is whether Carr/Pardew have identified a possible replacement who they believe could do the job and they think they can attract.

Ironically, the fact that Demba Ba’s goals dried up in the second half of the season could be the factor that plays a big part in keeping him at Newcastle.

Without any clause I’d assume that Ba’s market value would be somewhere between £10m and £15m, so how much of a bargain will other clubs see him as. Newcastle got him as a massive bargain but how much of a bargain would he be for a fee of £7m and a potential four year contract on something well above his current £50,000 a week, plus the worries over his knee.

Maybe it will come down to two factors. How happy is Demba Ba at St.James’ Park and the other factor, which top clubs will be looking for a new striker and how far  will they be prepared to go to get him.

The government’s austerity regime even hitting professional footballers, whatever next?!!



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