West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan claims that goal machine Demba Ba has just a £7 million release clause at Newcastle United.
Additionally, if Ba’s release was activated the player himself would pocket half of the transfer fee himself and because of this reason, he believes The Magpies top scorer will leave in the summer unless he gets ‘a monstrous pay rise to stay there’.
The quotes come from an interview Sullivan had with Ian Dale, and appeared on the West Ham Till I Die website where he reveals; how they nabbed Ba when the player failed a medical ahead of a €6m move to Stoke, how a failure to write one line in the contract for his move cost West Ham and Ba’s previous club Hoffenheim when they both got stuffed in a transfer where Ba’s agent got £2 million for the move to the North East, and why Ba is likely to leave United in the summer.
“This didn’t work for anyone except Demba Ba… and Newcastle. I’m told he’s got a £7m get-out at Newcastle and he gets half the money over that. They keep denying it but I think you’ll see in the summer he will leave Newcastle or he’ll get a monstrous rise to stay there.
“If they get about four million, half will go to him, so if they sell him for £7m they’ll only net about three because they paid his agent £2m to get him out of here. Getting £3m is not bad, but for a player of his quality it’s not fantastic.
With 16 Premier League goals to his name this season, Ba’s performances would likely have valued him at at least double the £7 million that his clause would activate. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is likely salivating at the mouth.
You can read the interesting quotes from the interview at nufc.com.
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