Anfield and St James’ Park sides to exchange strikers?
EXCLUSIVE: Ba set for swap deal with Kop flop Carroll
Demba Ba will quit Newcastle this summer and pocket a staggering £3million of a £7m buy-out clause.
The Magpies are furious details of the in-form Senegalese striker’s contract have been made public.
Six Premier League clubs including Tottenham and Liverpool are ready to meet the buy-out clause leaving Newcastle powerless to keep Ba if the player wishes to move on.
Ba, who earns around £30,000 a week plus appearance money, is expected to double his salary with another move and prefers to stay in the Premier League despite interest from European clubs.
His departure will inevitably lead to more speculation about the return of Andy Carroll to Newcastle 18 months after joining Liverpool for a huge £35m.
Carroll’s relationship with Liverpool is disintegrating. Friends claim he would jump at a cut-price return to Newcastle.
SOURCE: Sunday Mirror
The Guardian reported today that Carroll was offered to Man City in return for Carlos Tevez, and now it appears that this source is looking to outdo that source by suggesting that the £35m former Newcastle United man may be on his way back to St James’ Park. What to believe?
Of the two swap deals this one perhaps is more likely but it’s still one hell of a stretch. Clearly any swap deal presumably have to include the Magpies forking out a hefty chunk of change as well Demba Ba, as the Senegal international has a release clause that would amount to a small percentage of the amount Liverpool paid for Carroll a year ago.
Ba has been in great form this term, netting 15 goals prior to his departure for the African Cup of Nations. Newcastle United spent £10m on his international team-mate Papiss Cisse and this led to many Toon Army fans worrying whether talk of the 26 year old’s release clause was indeed accurate. It seems those fears were well founded.
Carroll has scored just four Premier League goals in 27 appearances and although his form has picked up of late Kenny Dalglish may be thinking long and hard about alternative attacking options. Alan Pardew may well welcome back the 23 year old forward and is more likely to consider such a return if Ba is indeed set to leave the club in the summer.
Liverpool fans, what do you make of the two swap stories? Either of them possible/agreeable?