Newcastle transfers: Pardew confirms stalled contract talks with Ba
Newcastle transfers: Alan Pardew admits striker Demba Ba is yet to agree a new deal ahead of the January transfer window
Alan Pardew has revealed Demba Ba is yet to agree a new deal at Newcastle United which would see a release clause in his contract removed.
The Senegal international scored his ninth and 10th Premier League goals of the campaign in a 3-0 victory over 10-man Wigan Athletic on Monday night.
However, the 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from St James’ Park, with a £7.5m release clause set to become active next month.
And the Magpies manager is braced for potential suitors to show an interest in the prolific striker during the January transfer window.
“The situation [has] never changed. I think Demba is a player who loves it here and understands it’s a football city,” Pardew told Sky Sports.
“We’ve tried to do a deal with him and take the clause out, and that’s probably where the speculation has come from, because we’ve not been able to do that yet.
“So the clause is always there hanging over us. It makes it difficult for me in the next window, makes it difficult for Demba and it makes it difficult for the club.
“But we accept that’s how football is.”
Meanwhile, Pardew played down fears over Ba’s fitness after the former West Ham striker was substituted in the second half with what looked to be a hamstring strain.
“I don’t think his injury was too bad at the end,” he added. “He felt stiffness in his hamstring and we took him off.”