Anfield side line up another St James’ Park signing.
LIVERPOOL and Arsenal are keen to trigger Demba Ba’s transfer release clause.
A £10million bid is needed to allow the Premier League’s in-form striker to speak to other clubs.
Newcastle chiefs were hoping the contract detail would not become public and they now expect top clubs to consider making offers.
People Sport can reveal that Arsenal and Liverpool are thinking seriously about trying to tempt Ba away from St James’ Park.
Arsenal were interested even before news of the release fee came to light, and Liverpool are keen, too, but with Senegal’s Ba off to the Africa Cup of Nations, they are believed to be willing to wait until the end of the season if nobody else bids this month.
SOURCE: The People
Liverpool could well do with another attacking option and whilst Kenny Dalglish has stated that he will stick to using Andy Carroll during Luis Suarez’s enforced absence but a move for Demba Ba in the summer may be a wise one, but would the Senegal international really consider ditching Newcastle United after one season?
Alan Pardew took advantage of Ba’s transfer release clause in the summer, triggered by West Ham’s relegation, and the St James’ Park boss is said to be looking to get the 26 year old to sign a new deal as soon as possible to avoid the prospect of prospective suitors coming in for the in form striker.
Harry Redknapp will not be a popular man at the North-East club after he alluded to a release clause in Ba’s contract and indeed Tottenham and North London rivals Arsenal are also said to be keen on the Paris born hotshot.
Dalglish has watched his Liverpool side struggle for goals this season, notching up just 24 goals from 20 games and other than Carroll and Suarez the Merseyside club do not have much in the way of attacking alternatives, with veterans Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy the only other viable striking options.
Ba has notched up 15 goals in 17 Premier League starts this term and just how important he is to Newcastle United will probably become evident during the time he is away on international duty at the African Nations Cup.