Hoops planning audacious bid for Newcastle United striker.
Harry Redknapp will make the first move to trigger Demba Ba’s £7million escape clause when the transfer window reopens.
Queens Park Rangers boss Redknapp is keen to do whatever it takes to convince the Newcastle striker to move to Loftus Road.
Arsenal are also interested in the powerful 27-year-old hitman, who has scored 11 goals this season.
But the Mirror understands that QPR supremo Tony Fernandes is determined to deliver the Senegal marksman for Redknapp.
So keen, in fact, that he is prepared to build another clause into any deal allowing Ba to leave for a minimal fee if he joins QPR and they are subsequently relegated.
Ba, currently on £35,000-a-week plus £25k per appearance, had been seeking close to £90,000-a-week from Newcastle without success.
QPR, however, are ready to meet Ba’s demands as they think his goals will keep them up.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
There’s no doubt that straight-talking QPR boss Harry Redknapp desperately needs a new striker and the 65-year-old will have money to spend in the January sales.
But why would Newcastle striker Demba Ba move to Loftus Road, when the Hoops are in the midst of a gritty relegation battle and currently sitting five points from Premier League safety?
The Senegalese striker wants to leave St James’ Park next month, after becoming disillusioned with boss Alan Pardew’s tactics, his measly wages and the club’s lowly league position.
A move to West London would increase the 27-year-old’s pay-packet but Ba would also be facing the very real risk of relegation in May.
And the former West Ham striker has made it clear that his dream is to return to London – but with Arsenal, not QPR.
But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has made it clear he will not spend for the sake of spending and may decide against pursuing Ba, who reportedly has a long-standing knee problem.
Even so, Ba will have other suitors in January, including Redknapp’s former club Tottenham.
Redknapp can be persuasive but convincing the prolific striker that his future lies at QPR may be a step too far for the former Hammers boss.
Harry’s only hope will be that the R’s get some wins under their belt before the end of the month and, if Ba is stuck at St James’ and still unhappy, he may consider a shock move to QPR.
But just how the Hoops will score enough goals to win some games without him, remains to be seen.
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