Newcastle striker eyeing Emirates Stadium switch.
Newcastle striker Demba Ba has spoken about a possible switch to Arsenal during the January transfer window.
The Senegal international has long been linked with an exit from St James’ Park, ever since it was revealed that the 27-year-old has a £7.5m release clause in his contract.
Arsenal have been among the clubs consistently linked with a move, and Ba admits that should Arsene Wenger make an offer, he would be interested.
“It is true that Arsenal are among the clubs that are tempting,” Ba is quoted in The Sun as saying.
He added: “Journalists are doing their job, they know Arsenal need strikers and they know I have a clause in my contract so they start speculating.”
SOURCE: The Independent
While it’s always nice to hear a professional footballer give us ‘speculating’ journalists some credit, it’s never nice to hear a player so opnely touting for a transfer.
For the second time in as many days, Senegalese Ba has hinted that he would like to leave Newcastle to join Arsenal.
Toon fans will be disappointed at the news but it is hardly a great surprise. Ba’s agent admitted the striker could leave the club as early as September and with Newcastle languishing closer to the relegation than the top four of the Premier League, the prolific 27-year-old must know that European football is more likely at the Emirates next season that at St James’ Park.
It’s well known that Ba is available for just £7.5m, which appears to be a bargain, but the source goes on the state that there will be considerable additional charges involved in any deal.
It is believed the fees required to pay those representing Ba, who has scored 27 goals in 50 league appearances for the Magpies, would be around £5m.
A four-year deal at £80,000 a week, the figures his representatives are asking for, would mean any buying club would have to put together a £16m wage package. The entire package would cost more than £30m – and Ba would be entitled to half of the £7.5m transfer fee.
There is also the problem of insuring his knee. That was the reason why Stoke City pulled the plug on signing him in 2011 when he first moved from Hoffenheim.
Arsenal may instead turn their attention to Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who they have been strongly linked with.
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