Wages row wrecks Ba's transfer to Chelsea as Newcastle bid to keep him
15:23 GMT, 31 December 2012
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was defiant in the face of the ongoing transfer saga surrounding striker Demba Ba.
He said that the club had coped with the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool and would be able to do the same again if Ba leaves.
The Senegal international has been offered a new deal by the Magpies but was involved in talks with Chelsea last night because they activated his 7m release fee clause.
Sticky spot: Alan Pardew feels sorry for Demba Ba (centre)
But the deal broke down because of the
hitman's wage demands.
Pardew said: 'I've been in a situation where we lost Andy Carroll, and to a great extent, maybe we were weaker then than we are now.
'So we've coped with it before and we'll cope with it again if we have to. But ideally we want him to stay, and hopefully he will play on Wednesday and play well. Then we go to Brighton on Saturday.'
He continued: 'I feel bit sorry for
Demba because people out there fuelling it are not involved. The contract
is what it is and as manager I want it to be resolved.
'There is a contract for him to sign
and it is getting close to the point where we say no more but the offer
is still there. I want him to stay.
'It has been a saga since the summer
and the way the contract was drawn up at the time means we can't get out
of it, but I understand why it was that way at the time.
'I still think in this window he will stay because of the situtation we are in, but that will be up to him.
'The contract terms have been bandied
around which has not helped and people are getting involved who have no
right to be involved.
'It is difficult for our fans because
they love him and they want him to play in a black and white shirt – we
look potent again.'
The Magpies signed the striker from West Ham after the east London side were relegated in 2011.
Ba scored 16 goals in 34 Barclays
Premier League appearances last season but his relationship with
Pardew soured in September.
Hopeful: The Toon boss would love to keep Ba on Tyneside
He felt he was being played out of position while Papiss Cisse took the central striker's spot in Newcastle's team.
However, despite his frustrations and
the uncertainty over his future, he has still managed an excellent 13
top flight goals this term.
Pardew continued: 'One thing I don't have to worry about is Demba's mental state. He is one of the strongest footballers I have ever come across.
'He had disappointments in his early career with bad injuries and the way some clubs treated him but he can have no complaints about how we have treated him.
'We have been brilliant for him. I hope he rewards us by staying for another couple of years.'