EXCLUSIVE: Ba gets 2m 'loyalty' bonus from Newcastle as dream move to Chelsea nears
22:30 GMT, 30 December 2012
Demba Ba will be paid a 2million loyalty bonus by Newcastle United as he prepares to complete a dream move to Chelsea.
Ba’s agents staged talks with Chelsea last night and the European champions are expected to trigger his 7m January 1 release clause tomorrow.
Newcastle have accepted Ba’s departure and are confident his replacement will be at St James’ Park to watch the team play Everton on Wednesday.
Waving goodbye Demba Ba is set to join Chelsea from Newcastle and will pocket a 2m 'loyalty bonus' from the North-East club
Ba, 27, who has scored 13 times in
the Barclays Premier League for Newcastle this season, negotiated the
amazing loyalty bonus when he moved to the club in 2011.
Newcastle, beaten 7-3 at Arsenal on
Saturday, want the deal done as quickly as possible after failing to
convince Ba to remain at the club.
Alan Pardew admitted Ba would be sold
in the summer if he refused to renegotiate his infamous release clause,
but his exit has come sooner than expected for the Newcastle manager.
The Senegal striker has 18 months left
to run on his Newcastle contract, but he has been offered a lucrative
deal to join Rafa Benitez at Stamford Bridge.
Prolific: Ba (centre) has netted 13 Premier League goals this season
Due to issues with one of his knees,
Ba agreed to a basic weekly salary at Newcastle of 20,000 with another
20,000 bolted on top for appearances.
He is expected to double his basic salary at Chelsea and will get the same again based on appearances.
Although Pardew will be upset by Ba’s
decision to force through a move, Newcastle believe it is in the best
interests of the club to complete the transfer quickly.
Newcastle believe they got a good deal
from the striker after signing him from West Ham when they were
relegated in 2011.
Ba scored 16 goals in 34 Premier League appearances
last season but his relationship with Pardew soured in September. He
claimed he was being played out of position but has still responded with
13 league goals in a struggling team.
Double salvo: Ba scored twice at the Emirates on Saturday
Ba is only one goal behind Robin van
Persie (14) in the goalscoring charts and has scored as many league
goals as Luis Suarez and Michu this season.
Chelsea want Ba as a short-term fix
to support Fernando Torres as they prepare for a run at the title.
Although it has been made clear to Ba that he will be the second-choice
striker, Chelsea need a replacement after selling Daniel Sturridge to
Liverpool. Sturridge moves to Merseyside tomorrow in a deal worth 12m.
Newcastle are poised to complete a deal to sign France right back Mathieu Debuchy, 27, from Lille for just under 5.5m.
Strike partner: Ba is being brought in to compliment Fernando Torres up front at Chelsea
Meanwhile, Benitez further enhanced
his claims to become Chelsea manager on a permanent basis after hailing
the ‘best result’ of his Stamford Bridge tenure yesterday, ending
Everton’s 13-game unbeaten home run.
Chelsea’s interim boss saw his side
bounce back from conceding after 63 seconds with two goals from stand-in
skipper Frank Lampard.
Benitez said: ‘It was a great win for
us, and when you consider how well Everton have been playing and how
they had not lost for a long time then, yes, maybe it was one of our
most difficult games and our best win. The players showed character,
commitment, passion and quality against a team who were pushing us all
the time. We made a mistake at the beginning but the reaction was good.’
Goalkeeper Petr Cech faces a scan on an ankle injury that forced him off at half-time.
Everton boss David Moyes, who saw his
side hit the woodwork twice, said: ‘We were a wee bit unlucky but I
still think 2012 has been a good year for us.’