The inevitable day has come for Stoke City reject Demba Ba who is due to hold talks with Toon manager Alan Pardew about his future at the club.
According to reports in the Metro Ba has meet with Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, contradicting his previous plea to Newcastle fans that he will be putting on the black and white shirt at the Sports Direct Arena come August.
This was the catalyst for Pardew to arrange a meeting and try and hash out a deal with the player who scored 16 goals in 34 games last season.
Speculation has followed Ba around since the January transfer window and has worried Pardew so much he made an £8 million bid for Twente striker Luuk De Jong on Monday according to the Metro. Based on his lack of goals and body language toward the end of last season Ba did not seem happy. I was particularly sad to see this as it meant one of my favourite chants ever has fallen out of fashion. For those of you interested: (To the tune of Edwin Starr’s War) Dem-ba Ba, what did he sign for, absolutely nothing!.
If Ba did leave Newcaslte I would love to see him carrying on his pray celebration in the Premiership and he would have plenty of takers. Here are three I think could or might happen:
Having been one of the first clubs to show an interest in the Senegalese international he would be an excellent replacement for Adebayor. Although the City striker wants to stay at White Hart Lane he has been spoilt by the £170,000 wages Mark Hughes offered to entice him to the Etihad and it’s doubtful Levy will give in to his demands. Ba however does not earn astronomical wages and with a £7 million release clause in his contract, would be cheaper and simpler than negotiating with super rich City.
With his powerful hold up play, expert finishing from crosses and sniper like vision he would slot into the Tottenham first team quicker than the Millennium Falcon going into warp speed whilst being driven by Usain Bolt.
If Ba decides to stay in the Premiership and Adebayor still thinks that earning £100,000 a week is a necessity so he can buy more bling made that looks like guns then this debate is almost a no go. In fact I may stop writing ……… Alright I’ll carry on but only because I like you.
Arsene Wenger is always a man looking for a deal and as I previously mentioned, this would be one to remember. Wenger has added Podolski to his ranks but since the departure of Adebayor Arsenal have lacked a target man to give them a legitimate plan b. Arsenal’s passing game is one of the best in the world to watch but take away a few key cogs in the machine and it begins to break down. Using Ba’s aerial ability as a back up would work. With the pace of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain they could still destroy teams with the counter attacking football they are so good at and when they need a goal against a team keeping everyone behind the ball, his strength and presence in the box will mean that the old fashioned ‘get it in the mixer’ theory can become more affective.
They’d have to fight for him and maybe pay over the odds with wages but he could become a valuable asset to Wenger’s team.
They may already have a strike force consisting of Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli and Dzeko but the future of both Dzeko and Tevez hang in the balance. With the financial fairplay rules coming in next season they will be looking to shed some of those extra millions being spent and a measly £7 million is how much Tevez earns in just over half a year.
This transfer would only become a realistic option for Mancini if they receive a sizeable offer for Dzeko. The Bosnian had a fine start to the 2011/12 season but much like Ba fell off in terms of goal scoring as the fixtures ran out. Unlike Dzeko, Ba still ran his heart out to allow Cisse the room to score some important and at times magical goals.
This is the least likely of the three to happen but one whiff of Man City’s millions and 99% of players would drop everything to join the possible dynasty about to start at the Etihad stadium.
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