Emirates Stadium boss keen on St James’ Park striker.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly considering a move for Newcastle United striker Demba Ba as the Gunners boss looks to bring effective attacking reinforcements that help shoulder the North London club’s goal-scoring burden that currently weighs chiefly with captain Robin Van Persie.
Alan Pardew is said to be concerned that a release clause, that was alluded to by Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, may be triggered after the French born Senegal international’s stunning start to the campaign. The Newcastle United boss is said to be looking to tie down the former West Ham man to a new contract before any interest results in a solid bid for the 26 year old striker.
Ba has netted 15 Premier League goals thus far this term and was also a prolific finisher during his half season spell at West Ham, during which the former Hoffenheim man scored seven in 12 but failed to keep the Hammers from beating the drop. It has been reported that his current deal may have a £10m release clause that many sides are now looking to trigger and Arsenal are the latest side to take an interest.
Arsene Wenger will apparently look to bring the Newcastle United striker to the Emirates Stadium but may elect to wait until the summer to complete the deal as Ba will be away for much of January and February on African Nations Cup duty, a period during which the Magpies must look to the alternative attacking options to keep up the impressive form shown during the first half of the Premier League campaign.
Pardew will look to the likes of Leon Best, Shola and Sammy Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands to fill in for Ba but none of these options could ever be termed prolific and the St James’ Park boss is therefore all the more desperate to avoid losing his summer signing.
Wenger is looking to boost his attacking options after seeing Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho fail to make a significant goal-scoring impact at Arsenal. South Korean international Park Chu-Young was also brought in but the former Monaco man is yet to start a single minute of Premier League football.
Ba has displayed his ability to consistently find the back of the net in the English top tier and is therefore likely to receive a great deal of interest and whilst Newcastle United will hope that the powerful striker stays at the North-East but Pardew will surely worry that a side with Champions League football to offer may tempt the Paris born forward.