Whilst Mike Ashley didn’t exactly try very hard to keep Demba Ba at Newcastle United, the player was still dubbed a mercenary by fans as every transfer window brought agitation from the player for a move.

The belief that money is the striker’s overwhelming driving force appears to be confirmed with his latest move.

Despite interest from Premier League clubs and those from other major European Leagues, Demba Ba has taken the big bucks on offer from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Eurosport confirming this afternoon that the former Newcastle striker has agreed a £9.2m move from Besiktas.

Scoring 27 goals in 44 matches last season for the Turkish club, Demba Ba also had the added attraction of Champions League football at Besiktas, that though has disappeared with a relatively disappointing league campaign last season which saw them end up in third position.

Turning 30 years old last month, it is surprising and disappointing to see a striker of Demba Ba’s quality, choosing massive money but a low standard of football when he is at his peak.

Recent days have seen press speculation in Turkey that Besiktas are interested in taking on Papiss Cisse, with Demba Ba’s departure widely expected.

It will be interesting to see if there is now any serious interest in Cisse from Besiktas, with Mike Ashley not having any hesitation in the past of selling players in the past with no replacements necessarily lined up.

Maybe the best example being…Demba Ba. Sold 30 months ago by Mike Ashley and still not replaced by the Newcastle United owner.

  • ToonAgitator

    Took Ba a few years to get a decent deal with nufc being his first big contract so he’s got to squeeze a few big deals into about 8 years. He’ll last a year in China take them for a fortune then head back to Europe, good luck to him.

  • Paul Soulsby

    Like when Gyan blew out the makems to gan and play in the Gulf in front if three men and a dog, for double bubble, £££££

  • magpie9

    Best of luck to him, owners especially the likes of Ashley try to pay players as little as possible for their short career so why call a player a mercenary for trying to earn as much as possible.

  • desree

    with his knee who can blame him, pathetic article that does nothing to help us attract quality players

  • Chemical Dave

    A value for money mercenary, wish we could get a few more of his quality. Incidently, can anyone name a player who isn’t a mercenary?

  • DownUnderMag

    Not our player, don’t care.  Was fantastic for us when he was here, left because of money and who could blame him.  If we had offered him the going rate then he would still be here and scoring goals for us.

  • Michael Teasdale

    Do we really need to call him a “mercenary”? He is a man making as much as possible from his short career.
    He doesn’t need to have a deep rooted affiliation or sentimentality towards a foreign club with zero ambition who once paid him money to score goals for them. How many of you wouldn’t do the exact same in your careers?

  • Stephen McMenzie

    Spot on.