After he announced himself as one of the buys of the season last year, Demba Ba has been one of the most sought after strikers in the Premier League. Y
et despite all this Newcastle may be consigned to losing the Senegalese international for as little as £7 million in the January transfer window, due to a release clause in his contract. We look at the Top 5 Premier League clubs most likely to break Ba’s buyout clause.
The Reds are the most likely side to lure Ba away from Tyneside. Currently lacking in the striker department Brendan Rodgers might want to turn to someone with tried and tested Premier League experience to bolster his frontline. They have the money and the ambition to satisfy Ba, but at the same time Liverpool have a notorious record of turning goalscorers goal shy. Having experienced a goal drought himself last year it may not be something that the Senegalese international will want to put himself through again.
David Moyes has always been a shrewd operator, and with Everton’s limited transfer budget the Scot may decide that spending a large proportion of that budget on Ba would be good business. Moyes’ reign at Goodison Park has often been hampered by the lack of good striking options. With the free scoring Nikica Jelavic already in the side, the addition of Ba may help spur Everton towards a Europa League spot come the end of the season.
Despite a summer of heavy transfer dealings at Loftus Road, and an array of striking options in the squad you feel that QPR would be one of the clubs most willing to open their chequebook should Ba become available in January. In many ways QPR have been the Manchester City of the lower half of the table, snapping up anyone and everyone that they can, and there is nothing to suggest that they will turn down the opportunity to sign Ba.
The addition of the Zingarevich money into the club will allow Reading to have more of an impact in the transfer market. The capture of Pavel Pogrebnyak has shown that Reading are capable of attracting big name players. Whilst £7m on Ba would smash the club’s transfer record, it may be deemed worth it come the end of the season if the Senegalese striker helps to keep Brian McDermot’s men in the Premier League.
It is more than likely that Tottenham will be in the market for another striker in January and at £7m Ba would be seen as a bargain compared to the asking price of other transfer targets. Whilst he might not be in the mould that Spurs are looking for he has a proven goal scoring record in the Premier League, something at that price should never be sniffed at.