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Relief For NUFC Fans – Demba Ba’s Contract Clause Has Time Limit

9 years ago

There are claims emerging that Demba Ba’s contract clause ends on 31st July and does not run throughout his contract, the Daily Mirror amongst others report today.

The clause which is believed to allow Ba to leave for £7m would kind of make sense if it had been given a one year time limit. After his experience at West Ham the player wouldn’t have fancied consecutive relegations and from Newcastle’s point of view, nobody could have dreamed at the season we’ve just experienced or the sheer impact of Demba Ba in the first half of the season.

Quite literally United would have seen it as a throwaway clause as they were getting Ba without a transfer fee attached.

The time limit aspect is reassuring for fans fearing a repeat of the Andy Carroll sale, when the club claimed the deal was done so late there was no time for a replacement.

So we now seemingly have two months where we now have three options rather than two, obviously you still have the possibilities of Ba renegotiating a new contract or moving to another club…but you now also have the possibility of the clause being timed out.

With Newcastle’s new found reputation for hard bargaining it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they would be prepared to take it right up to the deadline in the hope that Demba Ba will see Newcastle as his future without an enhanced contract, though the odds are that we will know one way or another before the clause runs out.

The last thing anybody, particularly Alan Pardew, would have wanted would be to go into the new season with only one front line striker again.

If Ba does leave, and I really hope he doesn’t, then there will be at least over a month for Newcastle to bring in the essential second goalscorer.
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