Old Trafford side among many interested in St James’ Park striker.
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Newcastle may lose Demba Ba for £7 million if rivals are willing to trigger release clause
Newcastle United will risk losing Demba Ba this summer as they refuse to renegotiate the terms of his contract to remove a £7 million release clause.
The existence of the clause was leaked to rival Premier League managers and the media just before the January transfer window, fuelling the belief the striker was keen to leave.
Newcastle, who signed Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano on a free transfer on Wednesday, could have tried to remove the clause by offering the Senegal international an increase in his £50,000 weekly wage.
But managing director Derek Llambias will not be forced into offering improved terms to a player after just 12 successful
months as he feels this would be a dangerous precedent.
As a result, Ba, will be able to talk to any club who bids £7million when the transfer window opens next month, with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United already linked to him.
This seems an incredibly short sighted move from Newcastle United, who must know that a failure to amend Demba Ba’s contract will surely lead to increased interest in the Senegal international. Perhaps Llambias & Magpies owner Mike Ashley are planning to sell a player or two this summer and therefore feel no compunction to address the striker’s demands.
Though the former West Ham man was slightly overshadowed by the arrival of his national team-mate Papiss Cisse there is no denying the impact the 26 year old had at St James’ Park last term, notching up 16 goals last term as well as forming an explosive partnership with the January signing from Freiburg.
Man United may well be the most likely of the club’s to make a move for the Newcastle United forward as Sir Alex Ferguson will surely be looking to improve a squad that lost their Premier League title to local rivals Man City and also failed to make it out of the group stages in the Champions League.
Then factor in that Michael Owen has not been offered a new deal, Dimitar Berbatov said to be on his way out too according to the Manchester Evening News, and Javier Hernandez’s inability to hit the highs of his first season at the club and one may suspect that Ferguson may well feel the need to bring in a replacement striker and clearly if Demba Ba can be snapped up for £7m then he may well fit the bill.