Newcastle willing to double Ba's wages
Published 22:30 09/01/12 By MirrorFootball
Newcastle will fight to keep Demba Ba this month – even if it means offering him a double-your-money pay rise.
The striker has fuelled United’s fears they could lose him during the transfer window by admitting he would be interested in a move to Paris Saint- Germain.
The French club would face competition from Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, whose interest has intensified after learning there is a release clause in Ba’s contract.
It means they can buy him for only £6million and offer the attraction of a major pay increase for the Senegal international, who is believed to earn about £30,000 a week.
Newcastle have a rigid salary cap, but owner Mike Ashley may have to make an exception for the 26-year-old to avoid a backlash from fans.
Newcastle accept, though, they would not be able to compete if Manchester City harden their interest in Ba, who could pick up a six-figure sum at the league leaders.
Ba has scored 15 goals this season and Pardew has previously insisted that only a massive offer would tempt him to sell Ba.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has now upset United by releasing details of the release clause.
In the meantime, Newcastle are desperately hoping that Senegal - and Ba - progress to the final stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.
It would keep him in Africa until the middle of next month and certainly hamper any transfer negotiations.
Ba, a lifelong Paris St Germain fan, admits he would be tempted by a move to the Qatari-owned team. “It’s a club that’s enticing,” he said.
“But it will be difficult to do that in January. The transfer market will be closed when I go back, so I’m not focused on it.
“My first goal is the Africa Cup of Nations and getting a good result. Then I want to continue playing good games for Newcastle.”
Hatem Ben Arfa, scorer of a wonder goal in Newcastle’s FA Cup against Blackburn, has promised there are more to come.
“I know I can score those goals when I get the chance,” he said.
“I’ve said recently that I am 100 per cent fit. It means I can do this type of goal more times in the future. Now it is important to build up more confidence to do it more often in the future.”