Newcastle and Demba Ba have reached a wall in contract negotiations. Newcastle have to tie the striker down for the good of the club.
Demba Ba has been one of the most important players at Newcastle since he joined the club. He is the leader in the attack and the catalyst that most of the attacking play goes through. Newcastle have to work hard and fast to get him sort on a permanent contract which will tie him to the club over the next few seasons.
The stumbling block appears to be wages and Ba is in a very powerful position because there is a clause in his current deal which says any club can release him from his current deal for £7.5 million. This is a laughable price when you think about how much Ba would actually be sold for on the current market.
Ba has scored eight goals in 14 matches this season which is half of his goal tally for the entire 2011/2012 season. If it is just an issue of wages then the club would be well advised to up the ante a little although Newcastle have never been a club to change their basic wage structure for any single player.
The two parties seem to be in dispute over the wage figure being offered and Newcastle may be forced to give in as the buy out clause in Ba’s contract would become active when the January transfer window opens which could allow a side like Liverpool to come in and buy him.
Ba is arguably the most complete striker that Newcastle have at their disposal. He is tall, strong, quick, he can play on the shoulder of the defence and he can drop slightly deeper into the midfield. He is very good in the air and is very well liked by the fans. All round he seems the perfect fit for Newcastle.
The club can’t be blamed for not sorting this matter out quicker. It would be bad business sense of Newcastle to cave in at this stage when they have a large chunk of December to try and get Ba’s representatives to come round to their way of thinking.
Ultimately, if it gets to the end of December and there is still no agreement, they could simply give in although this could have a knock on effect with the other players at the club.
The most encouraging sign for Newcastle is the fact that Ba has made no indication that he is looking to leave the club, he simply seems to be trying to net himself a better deal when his representatives know that dozens of sides would relish the chance to snap him up for cut price fee.
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