Newcastle will receive just 5m for Ba as it emerges Liverpool and Arsenal target will pick up whopping 2.5m cut of clause fee
08:35 GMT, 28 December 2012
Alan Pardew's hopes of persuading Demba Ba to ditch his release clause look doomed after it emerged the Newcastle striker stands to pocket an incredible 2.5million from it.
Angered by the constant speculation caused by the 7.5m exit clause in Ba’s contract, Pardew challenged him to drop it and negotiate a new deal or be put up for sale.
The ultimatum looks like having only one outcome, following news of the windfall awaiting Newcastle’s top scorer once the contractual agreement kicks in.
Sign up or leave: Alan Pardew wants to rid Demba Ba of his 7.5million transfer clause
Anyone offering the stipulated amount
will not only land one of the Barclays Premier League’s most
accomplished finishers but make him 2.5m richer, according to The
Sun, with just 5m going to Newcastle.
It is a nightmare scenario for
Pardew, who already feared he would be ill-equipped to recruit an
adequate replacement with 7.5m at his disposal. With the figure
trimmed to 5m, he will find it even harder to fill the boots of
the Senegal marksman, who now seems certain to be heading out of
Tyneside when the window opens next week.
Ba has stubbornly resisted all
efforts to draw him to the negotiating table, and the reasons why are
now evident after it transpired a third of the fee will go directly to
Final plea: Newcastle boss Pardew doesn't want Ba's transfer situation to drag on
A free transfer from West Ham 18
months ago, the 11-goal marksman has attracted strong interest from
Arsenal, QPR, Liverpool and Paris St Germain, who will all be alerted to a
development that signals his imminent departure.
The 27-year old is thought to favour a
move to The Emirates, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has
reservations over his 80,000-a-week wage demands, particularly given
the knee problems that deterred other clubs from moving for him when he
arrived from the Bundesliga.
Pardew is already making plans for life without Ba and is lining up a move for Marseille’s Loic Remy.
In demand: Ba is wanted by a host of top European suitors including Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain