According to The Guardian contract negotiations between Newcastle United and Demba Ba are stalling with the players wage demands a problem. Another problem for the struggling Toon Army is the now infamous release clause so often talked about but never triggered. Said to be in the region of £7.5 million would make this striker a bargain for a club in desperate need of someone to fire in the goals like the Senegalese man does.
Whether or not Ba will stay is still up for debate but here are three clubs that would jump higher and more energetically than Tom Cruise did on the Oprah Winfrey show at the chance of having him in the team:
Arsenal: Now all the love for Steve Bould has worn off and everyone has realised that Arsenal still need to replace Robin Van Persie and Alex Song, Demba Ba could fill the hole left by the Dutchman. Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have given moments of reason to forget about the man the Gunners were so reliant on last season but they still lack an edge up front that Ba offers.
His control and and aerial abilities make him an ideal striker ready for the rotational system Wenger has got going at the Emirates. At £7.5 million he would also fit into how Wenger likes to do business, not paying over the odds for quality.
Liverpool: This weekend Liverpool will play West Ham United, fresh from an excellent win against Chelsea, with no recognised striker. After Luis Suarez tried to replicate his villainous acts from the World Cup in 2010 but in the oppositions goal, he recklessly and stupidly earned himself a yellow and a one game suspension. This act of utter stupidity may cost Brendan Rodgers team and again highlights the lack of depth in their attack.
Demba Ba is cheap enough for the team whose budget is as restricted as the Baltimore police department in season 5 of The Wire, I only hope Rodgers doesn’t fake a murder to get more money. His strength could be a valuable asset to partner Suarez and/or Borini later in the season but most importantly his goal scoring record will be a welcome addition to a team that would have only scored 7 league goals this season if not for Luis Suarez.
Everton: Considering everyone’s been swooning over David Moyes’ side this season they have only managed 1 win in their last 8 games. With 6 of those being draws, Everton are finding it harder to get the killer goal and need another striker to help out the below par Jelavic. Fellaini has been the hero so far this season with 8 goals and 3 assists and along with Leighton Baines has had many admirers watching them with playful eyes that whisper, “play for me”.
If either of these players were to leave it would be a shame for the Toffee’s but they would get a substantial amount to help them get over their loss. £7.5 million would only be a decent chunk of the money the big clubs are willing to part with for Fellaini or Baines which would leave a little more money for Moyes to pull another Kevin Mirallas out of the hat. It is very dependent upon Everton making a sale in the transfer window as Everton are on a sell to buy strategy financially but Demba Ba could prove a wonderful piece of business. If Liverpool go in for him too choosing Goodison over Anfield would make him a cult hero before he kicks a ball.