Newcastle United forward Demba Ba could yet stay at St James’ Park after speculation surfaced of inflated agent fees, according to the Mirror.
It was understood that the player had a £7.5m buy-out-clause in his contract, however crucially, his advisers are demanding between £3m and £5m to conduct any transfer, pushing the players market value to £12.5m.
That would make signing the Senegalese striker an unattractive option for his suitors, who were said to include Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea as well as French side Paris St Germain.
Any potential buyer would also have the player’s lofty wage demands to contend with – Ba is said to be demanding £85,000 a week, having turned down Newcastle’s improved offer of £70,000 a week.
All this means anyone hoping to sign Ba would be taking a huge gamble, considering the player has a long-term knee injury. When he left 1899 Hoffenheim in 2011, he was set to join Stoke but the deal collapsed when he failed a medical, leading West Ham to sign him on a pay-as-you-play basis.
He eventually joined Newcastle after leaving relegated West Ham in June 2011.
Meanwhile, the players wage demands have said to have angered the Newcastle United dressing room. A Toon source said:
“There are people in the dressing room who believe Demba Ba has let Mike Ashley and Newcastle down after the way they helped resurrect his career. They’ve been kicked in the teeth.”
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This article was first posted on December 30, 2012