Spurs to activate striker’s release clause.
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Tottenham Hotspur are considering a £7 million bid for Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, reports The Daily Telegraph.
The bid would activate a release clause in the Senegalese hit-man’s contract, agreed when he arrived on Tyneside on a free transfer last summer.
Ba has proved a huge hit at The Sports Direct Arena, scoring 16 times last term and forming a formidable partnership with countryman Papis Cisse.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is known admirer of Ba, after speaking highly of him in January, and is keen to bolster his front line ahead of another assault on the top four next year.
Verteran Louis Saha is set to released after just five months at White Hart Lane, while the club are struggling to meet Emmanuel Adebayor’s wage demands as they look to agree a deal with the Manchester City for the Togo striker.
Jermain Defoe, meanwhile, is unhappy at his lack of first team opportunities and may seek a move away from North London after England’s Euro 2012 campaign.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be reluctant to lose Ba, but ultimately powerless if Spurs meet the 27-year-old’s release clause. The former Southampton boss also faces a fight to hold onto Cisse and playmaker Johan Cabaye, after a stunning season in which he guided Newcastle to fifth in the Premier League.