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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Andy Carroll will not be sold on the cheap

Rodgers insists Carroll will not leave for peanuts, but don't expect anywhere near the 'astronomical' 35m paid in the first place

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013

Andy Carroll will not be allowed to leave Liverpool on the cheap with Brendan Rodgers undecided whether the 35m striker is part of his plans.

The 28-year-old is currently on loan at West Ham and will sit down with Rodgers at the end of the season to discuss his Anfield future.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen sign Carroll on a permanent basis, while the player’s former club Newcastle are monitoring the situation.

Wanted man Carroll's future is still unsure, with his Liverpool contract running out in 2016

Wanted man Carroll's future is still unsure, with his Liverpool contract running out in 2016

Brendan Rodgers

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Been and gone: Rodgers (left) wiants a good fee for Carroll, with Alan Pardew (right) rumoured to be interested

Although Rodgers has warned potential suitors they will have to pay the going rate for the powerful target man.

‘It’s absolutely the case that, just the same as last season, If the player does leave then it won’t be for nothing,’ Rodgers said.

‘He came here for an astronomical fee which was no fault of his own, so we will see what happens in the summer.’

Rodgers admires the robust qualities that Carroll can bring to a team, but hinted that he may struggle to accommodate a player of his type in his future vision for Liverpool.

'Astronomical': Rodgers saysthe huge fee paid for Carroll by Kenny Dalglish was not the player's fault

'Astronomical': Rodgers saysthe huge fee paid for Carroll by Kenny Dalglish was not the player's fault

‘Every player it is about the style, and how they fit into that. If you look at Luis Suarez he has flourished this season in the roaming role we have given him.

'We are a team that is set up to exploit his qualities,’ Rodgers added.

‘Likewise for other players you may have to set up in a certain way to get the best out of them.

There is no doubt Andy has qualities – some of his goals from set plays with West Ham have proven that.’

Out the door: Carroll played 44 times in the Premier League for Liverpool before moving on loan to West Ham

Out the door: Carroll played 44 times in the Premier League for Liverpool before moving on loan to West Ham

Hatem Ben Arfa has been ruled out of the rest of Newcastle"s season with a hamstring injury

Hamstring injury rules Newcastle star
Ben Arfa out for the season

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

13:47 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:55 GMT, 15 March 2013

Hatem Ben Arfa is out for the season.

The Newcastle United midfielder needs a hamstring operation.

Ben Arfa missed two months of the season and returned for the goalless draw in Moscow last week.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said: 'He needs a hamstring operation and that will probably leave him missing for the rest of the year.

Big loss: Hatem Ben Arfa will be unavailable as Newcastle chase Europa League glory

Big loss: Hatem Ben Arfa will be unavailable as Newcastle chase Europa League glory

'It is the news we didn't want to hear. The priority now is to get fit for pre-season.

'He gives us that x-factor which was missing from a game like last night but the team has responded well in his absence.'

Newcastle's stand-in captain Yohan Cabaye, however, could be fit to travel to Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

Optimistic: Yohan Cabaye, however, could recover in time to face Wigan

Optimistic: Yohan Cabaye, however, could recover in time to face Wigan

The France international limped off in the first-half of last night's Europa League win over Anzhi with a groin injury.

Pardew added: 'The good news is he has half a chance for Sunday. It is international week and he has to get through to be available for that and I am.'

He will be assessed by Newcastle medical staff in the coming weeks.

Ben Arfa tore his hamstring during a 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Fulham on December 10 and spent a frustrating three months on the sidelines.

Talented: Ben Arfa is often Newcastle's most dangerous player

Talented: Ben Arfa is often Newcastle's most dangerous player

He was thrown straight in at the deep end at the Luzhniki Stadium last Thursday night when he was asked to play as a lone striker, and he had a glorious second-half opportunity to snatch victory.

However, he was unable to take his place in the squad for Sunday's 2-1 win over Stoke, and was ruled out of last night's return against Anzhi, which saw the Magpies book their place in the quarter-finals, by Pardew on Wednesday.

Now it appears his season could be over, and a man who spent all but four games of his first campaign on Tyneside recovering from an horrific double leg fracture, may have to turn his attention to August.

'X-factor': Pardew rates Ben Arfa highly

'X-factor': Pardew rates Ben Arfa highly

Pardew said: 'That's the priority for him now because he's been a huge miss for us.

'He gives us that X-factor. In a game like last night's where he could open the door for us, we haven't got that luxury.

'Unfortunately for Hatem, that's the news that he didn't want to hear. But as far as we are concerned, the team has responded well in his absence and hopefully, we do that until the end of the year.'

Steven Taylor puts off Asmir Begovic during Newcastle v Stoke

VIDEO: Watch Taylor put off Begovic by clowning around before Cabaye free kick

By
Angus Paterson

PUBLISHED:

00:24 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:12 GMT, 11 March 2013

Steven Taylor is known as an eccentric sort and he proved why on Sunday as Newcastle faced Stoke.

The Newcastle defender was spotted clowning around in front of Asmir Begovic as he tried to put the Potters keeper off before Yohan Cabaye's free kick.

And maybe it worked, because the French midfielder sent a peach of a strike over the wall and in to the top corner.

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Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has once again urged England manager Roy Hodgson to take a look at the centre back.

The 27-year-old, a former captain of his country at Under-21 level, was one of the stand-out performers as the Magpies fought back from a goal down to defeat the Potters 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at St James' Park.

Pardew said: 'He was immense today. Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard today.

'They really do need to have a look at him at centre-half because I think it's a problem position for England and his performance against [Peter] Crouch and everything else that they threw at us today – because we had no height in the team.

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

'Steven Taylor had to do everything today on that side of it and he was brilliant.'

Taylor's hopes of winning recognition at senior international level have not been helped by a succession of injuries over the years, although he has been on the fringes of the squad in the past.

Pardew admitted earlier this season that keeping the Greenwich-born, Tyneside-raised defender fit is something which may require a tailored approach.

However, he has few doubts about his ability and firmly believes he has what it takes to warrant serious consideration.

Clowning around! Steven Taylor puts off Asmir Begovic

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Hatem Ben Arfa is Liverpool target with Andy Carroll on offer

Liverpool lining up Ben Arfa deal using Carroll as a carrot for Newcastle

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

23:58 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:14 GMT, 6 February 2013

Liverpool are tracking Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa as Brendan Rodgers begins his plans for a summer recruitment drive.

The French international, 25, could be targeted as part of a swap deal that would see Andy Carroll return to St James’ Park.

Target: Liverpool are considering bringing Hatem Ben Arfa to Anfield

Target: Liverpool are considering bringing Hatem Ben Arfa to Anfield

Swap: Andy Carroll could be offered back to Newcastle as part of the deal for Ben Arfa

Swap: Andy Carroll could be offered back to Newcastle as part of the deal for Ben Arfa

Ben Arfa has not featured for Newcastle since December 10 because of a hamstring injury.

He has long been admired by Rodgers even though he represents a slightly older purchase than many Anfield transfer targets.

Ben Arfa didn't push for a Newcastle exit during the transfer window but his loyalty to the club is likely to be severely tested in the summer. He will certainly have plenty of people to prevent him feeling homesick, as Alan Pardew bought six French-speaking players during the transfer window.

Return: Carroll's career never took off at Liverpool and his was loaned out to West Ham in the summer

Return: Carroll's career never took off at Liverpool and his was loaned out to West Ham in the summer

Nonetheless, Ben Arfa has previously stated a desire to play for the rich, Qatari-backed club Paris Saint-Germain.

Carroll has been on loan at West Ham after the 35million signing found it hard to make a mark at Anfield.

He has scored twice in 12 appearances for the Hammers so far, the latest coming on Saturday when he headed the winner against Swansea having returned the side following a two-month injury lay-off.

Newcastle United fans pay homage to new French arrivals in Premier League match at Aston Villa

Vive la Revolu-TOON! Newcastle fans celebrate the new boys with French flags, berets and even a few onions

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

20:42 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

It's not the most likely of places for a modern-day French Revolution – but the locals seem to be willing to give it a chance.

Newcastle United fans who have made the journey to Aston Villa for tonight's crucial Barclays Premier League match have certainly embraced the influx of FIVE French or French-speaking players in the January transfer window.

They've turned up at Villa Park armed with their Gallic Tricolores, berets, moustaches and onions to herald the new arrivals.

French fancy: These travelling Newcastle United fans heralded the arrival of their five new French signings in the away end at Villa Park tonight

French fancy: These travelling Newcastle United fans heralded the arrival of their five new French signings in the away end at Villa Park tonight

Enough to make you weep: This fan wore a string of onions while waving a French Tricolore

Enough to make you weep: This fan wore a string of onions while waving a French Tricolore

Gallic flair: These lads certainly looked the part in their berets and cravates

Gallic flair: These lads certainly looked the part in their berets and cravates

It started on January 4, when Mathieu
Debuchy arrived in a 5m move from Lille, but Alan Pardew's French
resistance against the threat of relegation has continued.

In the space of four days from January 22, four more cross-channel imports joined The Toon.

They were Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from
Montpellier, Yoan Gouffran from Bordeaux, Massadio Haidara from Nancy
and Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse.

Pardew will hope they will prove the difference between Premier League survival and a drop into the Championship.

Flag day: This fan holds up a French flag before kick-off at Villa Park

Flag day: This fan holds up a French flag before kick-off at Villa Park

‘When you’re looking for players and
you’re trying to find the secret ingredient for your team, it’s not
always easy for them to come and fit as well as they did in the first
half,’ he said.

‘I was a little bit surprised if I’m
honest. Sissoko really grabbed the game by the horns and that’s what we
needed because with Demba Ba’s departure from a team that hasn’t been
winning, we really needed him for this game.

‘We worked really hard this week on integrating the players. They’re not here to save us, they’re here to help us.’

'Allez': These supporters had a message for the boys as they chased three crucial points

'Allez': These supporters had a message for the boys as they chased three crucial points

New colours: Many French flags were in evidence in the Newcastle end

New colours: Many French flags were in evidence in the Newcastle end

He continued: ‘In the second half we got nervous and the French lads ran out of legs and steam but we hung on and showed the other side.

‘We know what we’ve been missing. Sissoko was magnificent in the first half and I have to pay tribute to the captain and the other established players for giving the new boys the welcome they got.

‘They (Gouffran and Sissoko) are both in wheelchairs at the minute – they’ve got cramp!

‘We lost such an important game against Reading, we couldn’t really afford to lose tonight; we couldn’t afford to draw, once we’d gone 2-0 up.’

Premier League predictions: Martin Keown and Jamie Redknapp go head-to-head

Premier League predictions: Martin Keown and Jamie Redknapp go head-to-head

By
Martin Keown and Jamie Redknapp

PUBLISHED:

22:45 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:59 GMT, 29 January 2013

Pressure is hotting up at both ends of the Premier League table this week, with a full programme of fixtures across Tuesday and Wednesday.

At the bottom, Newcastle and Aston Villa head into their clash knowing defeat could see a calamitous season hit new lows with a place in a relegation zone.

Friendly rivalry: Jamie Redknapp and Martin Keown have predicted this midweek's Premier League results

Friendly rivalry: Jamie Redknapp and Martin Keown have predicted this midweek's Premier League results

Friendly rivalry: Jamie Redknapp and Martin Keown have predicted this midweek's Premier League results

Closer to the top, Arsenal and Liverpool, both still very much the outsiders in the four-way race for the Champions League places, square off at Emirates Stadium, though even three points won't see either side overtake Tottenham, who are at Norwich.

As for the title-chasing trio, Chelsea and Manchester City are away – the champions at QPR and the Blues at Reading, while Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford.

With so much at stake – and so soon after one of the most memorable weekends of FA Cup upsets – a surprise, or two, are certainly not out of the question.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

But where do our experts see the points going Martin Keown and Jamie Redknapp, themselves no strangers to playing under intense pressure, have had their say on all 10 games taking place.

If it's goals you want, both suggest you head to north London. In the west of the capital a shock could be on the cards if Jamie is to be believed, while Martin thinks a similarly surprising result could happen at the Madjeski.

MARTIN AND JAMIE'S PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS

TUESDAY
JAMIE REDKNAPP
MARTIN KEOWN

Aston Villa v Newcastle

1-1

1-1

QPR v Manchester City

2-2

1-1

Stoke v Wigan

2-1

2-1

Sunderland v Swansea

2-1

1-0

WEDNESDAY

Arsenal v Liverpool

2-2

3-2

Everton v West Brom

2-1

2-0

Fulham v West Ham

2-1

1-1

Man United v Southampton

3-1

3-1

Norwich v Tottenham

1-2

0-2

Reading v Chelsea

1-2

2-2

Premier League preview

San Lorenzo pull out of race for Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

Fab news for Newcastle as San Lorenzo decide against bidding for captain Coloccini

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:29 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:08 GMT, 23 January 2013

Newcastle have been boosted by the news that San Lorenzo have pulled out of the fight for captain Fabricio Coloccini.

The defender has been pining for a move back to his homeland for much of this month, citing personal reasons.

But after weeks of discussion, the Argentinian club confirmed on Twitter: 'Finally, after long negotiations, we announced that Fabricio Coloccini not join the squad.

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

'It was not possible to release the Newcastle player for this tournament and therefore the club will look for another alternative to strengthen the defense.'

San Lorenzo's decision is a major boost to boss Alan Pardew, who was defiant for much of January over the future of his star man, who has been on Tyneside since 2008.

Demba Ba agrees Chelsea move from Newcastle

Ba set to join Chelsea as striker agrees three-and-a-half year deal at the Bridge

By
Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

00:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 3 January 2013

Demba Ba is on the verge of joining Chelsea from Newcastle after agreeing a three-and-a-half year contract.

The Senegal striker, left out of the Newcastle squad for the game against Everton ahead of his proposed 7million switch, underwent a medical on Wednesday.

Ba could be handed an instant role in the weekend FA Cup clash against Southampton.

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Chelsea interim manager Rafael
Benitez said after the club's shock 1-0 defeat at home to QPR: ‘Fernando
Torres is one of the players we need to rest, he has been playing too
many games. I don’t have any official information about the situation.

'Officially he (Ba) is not our player. The club are working on it and we
can talk about him when it’s official.

‘If we can do the business then, hopefully, he can be available for the weekend.’

Newcastle confirmed Chelsea had triggered the striker’s 7m release
clause and that he had been left out of Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to
hold talks with Chelsea officials.

The Stamford Bridge club saw off late interest from Arsenal in Ba, who,
it is understood, will earn around 70,000 a week at his new club — a
significant improvement on his terms in the North East.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told Sky Sports: ‘It’s done, he’ll go to Chelsea with our blessing.

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

‘For us, it’s not a bad thing because all the uncertainty over whether
he was going to stay, it’s now done. We are bigger than any player so in
some respects I’m pleased.’

Chelsea’s bid looked in the balance on Sunday after talks between Ba’s
representatives and club officials broke down over his wage demands.

Sportsmail understands Ba’s advisors initially rejected Chelsea’s
attempts to hold further talks on Monday, saying they wanted to speak
with other interested parties.

But, after a significant breakthrough, Chelsea moved quickly on Wednesday.

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

The Senegal striker, 27, joined Newcastle in 2011 from West Ham and has
scored 29 goals in 54 league games for them. But he has been
consistently linked with a move away from the club because of the
release clause in his contract.

Newcastle have tried several times to persuade the striker to sign a
new, improved deal in a bid to get rid of the clause but Ba has always
refused.

Benitez had put a new striker at the top of his January shopping list
after Liverpool’s 12m capture of Daniel Sturridge, which was confirmed
on Wednesday, left Torres as his only recognised striker.

Owner Roman Abramovich remains interested in Atletico Madrid’s Radamel
Falcao but it is looking increasingly likely the Russian will have to
wait until the summer to land him.

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Newcastle will step up their pursuit of Marseille striker Loic Remy after Ba’s departure.

The 26-year-old France striker, who has scored 82 goals in six years in
the French league, was identified as Newcastle’s top target even before
Ba left.

Newcastle are hoping to see off late interest from QPR and West Ham to land Remy. They have also shown an interest in Ajax’s Holland youth forward Jody Lukoki.

Demba Ba joning Chelsea

Ba set to join Chelsea as Pardew confirms striker will leave with Newcastle's blessing

By
Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

00:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

Demba Ba is on the verge of joining Chelsea from Newcastle.

The Senegal striker, left out of the Newcastle squad for the game against Everton ahead of his proposed 7million switch, underwent a medical on Wednesday.

Ba could be handed an instant role in the weekend FA Cup clash against Southampton.

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Chelsea interim manager Rafael
Benitez said after the club's shock 1-0 defeat at home to QPR: ‘Fernando
Torres is one of the players we need to rest, he has been playing too
many games. I don’t have any official information about the situation.
Officially he (Ba) is not our player. The club are working on it and we
can talk about him when it’s official.

‘If we can do the business then, hopefully, he can be available for the weekend.’

Newcastle confirmed Chelsea had triggered the striker’s 7m release
clause and that he had been left out of Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to
hold talks with Chelsea officials.

The Stamford Bridge club saw off late interest from Arsenal in Ba, who,
it is understood, will earn around 70,000 a week at his new club — a
significant improvement on his terms in the North East.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told Sky Sports: ‘It’s done, he’ll go to Chelsea with our blessing.

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

‘For us, it’s not a bad thing because all the uncertainty over whether
he was going to stay, it’s now done. We are bigger than any player so in
some respects I’m pleased.’

Chelsea’s bid looked in the balance on Sunday after talks between Ba’s
representatives and club officials broke down over his wage demands.

Sportsmail understands Ba’s advisors initially rejected Chelsea’s
attempts to hold further talks on Monday, saying they wanted to speak
with other interested parties.

But, after a significant breakthrough, Chelsea moved quickly on Wednesday.

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

The Senegal striker, 27, joined Newcastle in 2011 from West Ham and has
scored 29 goals in 54 league games for them. But he has been
consistently linked with a move away from the club because of the
release clause in his contract.

Newcastle have tried several times to persuade the striker to sign a
new, improved deal in a bid to get rid of the clause but Ba has always
refused.

Benitez had put a new striker at the top of his January shopping list
after Liverpool’s 12m capture of Daniel Sturridge, which was confirmed
on Wednesday, left Torres as his only recognised striker.

Owner Roman Abramovich remains interested in Atletico Madrid’s Radamel
Falcao but it is looking increasingly likely the Russian will have to
wait until the summer to land him.

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Newcastle will step up their pursuit of Marseille striker Loic Remy after Ba’s departure.

The 26-year-old France striker, who has scored 82 goals in six years in
the French league, was identified as Newcastle’s top target even before
Ba left.

Newcastle are hoping to see off late interest from QPR and West Ham to land Remy.

Newcastle have also shown an interest in Ajax’s Holland youth forward Jody Lukoki.

Demba Ba"s transfer could become a nightmare due to the middlemen

Why buying Ba can become a nightmare as middlemen threaten to hijack the deal

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

As the transfer window opens on Tuesday, the deal to take Demba Ba from Newcastle United offers a cautionary tale for clubs preparing to risk all.

Newcastle, Chelsea and any other prospective buyers are having to deal with a relatively new phenomenon, fending off an assorted bunch of intermediaries, transfer fixers, friends and family members associated with the Senegal striker.

They all want a piece of the pie, cashing in on a player with 13 goals in the Barclays Premier League for Alan Pardew’s side this season.

Waving goodbye Newcastle's Demba Ba looks set to leave the club this month

Waving goodbye Newcastle's Demba Ba looks set to leave the club this month

Ba is big business and there is money to be made as the deal-makers chase 5million in commission — money the buying club would have to pay over the term of the player’s four-year deal — to seal the biggest move of his career.

The Newcastle striker has an official agent — Frenchman Alex Gontran — and he alone has the mandate to sell Ba to another club for a fixed fee of 7m.

Everybody else is simply trying to hijack the deal, causing hysteria by relentlessly putting calls in to Premier League clubs about his availability. Some of the sums are bewildering, but Newcastle accept that the transfer window attracts opportunists.

Ba is already due a 2m bonus if he leaves St James’ Park after he negotiated a separate clause in his contract when he arrived on a free transfer from West Ham in 2011. He moved after the Hammers were relegated, and he negotiated a deal worth 45,000 a week, including appearance fees.

Sort it out: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wants the transfer sorted out professionally

Sort it out: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wants the transfer sorted out professionally

Taking into account his demand for a four-year contract worth 90,000 a week at Chelsea, along with the transfer fee and commission, the total outlay for Ba’s new club could reach 28m. Big money, but the risks are even bigger.

He is likely to fail a thorough club medical because of a chronic condition in his right knee and there is always a danger of complications in the future. Yet, this has never stopped him training at Newcastle and he, and the club, are proud of the fact he has never missed a day on the practice pitch with soreness or swelling.

The injury, which led to a move to Stoke falling through in January 2011, remains a big risk for Premier League suitors.

When his representatives met Chelsea, they failed to reach an agreement on the commission and salary for a player who appears determined to leave St James’ Park.

Newcastle’s managing director Derek Llambias is entitled to take issue with Chelsea for meeting Ba’s representatives on Sunday night but the club have no conclusive proof that the talks did take place.

Ready and waiting: Papiss Cisse is ready to take the centre forward role if Ba leaves

Ready and waiting: Papiss Cisse is ready to take the centre forward role if Ba leaves

Llambias has yet to receive an email from any club, which would trigger the 7m release clause in his contract, but it hasn’t stopped negotiations taking place outside Newcastle.

Around two months ago, Llambias opened talks over a new contract, but Ba made it clear that he wanted to explore other options in January. The club made a final offer and — with the window in mind — set a strict deadline.

If Ba refuses the improved terms on offer on Tyneside he will remain on 45,000 a week for the next 18 months unless his release clause is triggered.

Despite the current uncertainty, Ba has been a great piece of business for Newcastle, scoring 16 goals in the Premier League last season.

Llambias, a shrewd operator, will be heading to Europe later this week as Newcastle prepare to sign a replacement.

After owner Mike Ashley squandered fortunes in his first few years at the club, Llambias runs a tight ship and is at ease as Ba works his exit strategy.

Incoming: Mathieu Debuchy looks set to join Newcastle

Incoming: Mathieu Debuchy looks set to join Newcastle

Papiss Cisse, scorer of 13 in 14 Premier League games last season — including the BBC’s goal of the season at Chelsea — will be promoted to play in his place.

Newcastle, who are also exploring other options, themselves make a habit of getting the jump on their rivals by discovering release clauses in their targets’ contracts. Their scouting strategy is the envy of the Premier League and player recruitment is run by the renowned talent spotter, Graham Carr.

In the summer they offered Lille 8m for right back Mathieu Debuchy, but the French club were under no pressure to sell after Chelsea paid 32m for Eden Hazard.

Making the right call: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias know every transfer has an element of risk

Making the right call: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias know every transfer has an element of risk

Six months on they have finally landed their man for around 5.5m and France defender Debuchy will be at St James’ Park tomorrow to watch Newcastle play Everton.

It is a deal that has ultimately worked in the North East club’s favour, but Llambias knows every transfer is a gamble.

Modern players are told by their agents to run down their contracts until they reach the point of no return. Newcastle open talks with their top players two years before their contracts end, but they have not always benefited.

Left back Jose Enrique refused to renegotiate a long-term deal and eventually signed for Liverpool in 2011 for a vastly reduced fee based on the term left on his contract.

There is little risk, other than loss of form, if Ba refuses to renegotiate with Newcastle and is unable to reach an agreement with another club.

In the meantime, Ba’s middlemen will be chasing big money.