Arsenal transfers: Alan Pardew hopes to keep Demba Ba at Newcastle
Arsenal transfers: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes Demba Ba won't leave the club in January
Alan Pardew believes Demba Ba won’t leave Newcastle United in the January transfer window, but the Magpies boss hinted the striker could be sold in the summer.
The 51-year-old is tired of the constant speculation surrounding the Senegal international’s future amid reported interest from Arsenal.
The former West Ham United star has a £7.5m release clause in his contract which becomes active in January.
Pardew is confident Newcastle can fend off interest in Ba next month, but he is unwilling to contend with similar speculation next summer.
As a result, the Newcastle manager conceded the St James’ Park outfit may sell Ba if the two parties cannot agree a new contract which removes the clause.
“Really and truly this window is the key, I think, because if Demba goes in this window, it will cause us a problem,” said Pardew.
“I think he will stay, but there’s a possibility he could go because of the clause that’s still in force.
“In the summer, I won’t let it run until the summer. I’ll do something about it.
“We will either move Demba on or we will secure him in the summer.”