Newcastle transfers: Demba Ba admits Arsenal move is ‘tempting’
Newcastle transfers: Demba Ba casts doubt over his Magpies future by admitting a move to Arsenal would be "tempting"
Demba Ba has cast further doubt over his future at Newcastle United after admitting the chance to join Arsenal is “tempting”.
The Senegal international’s future has been a source of constant speculation in recent months due to a £7.5m contract release clause in his contract which becomes active in January.
Ba has scored 11 goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season, taking his tally to 27 goals since joining on a free transfer in 2011.
The 27-year-old’s sparkling form has prompted reports of interest from Arsenal and Liverpool – and Ba has appeared to open the door to a move to The Emirates.
“It is true that Arsenal are among the clubs that are tempting,” Ba said.
“Journalists are doing their job, they know Arsenal need strikers and they know I have a clause in my contract so they start speculating.”
Meanwhile, Ba is confident that Newcastle can end their losing run against Queens Park Rangers this weekend if they replicate their performance from a 3-1 loss to Manchester City.
“Next Saturday is QPR, and at the slightest mistake the crowd will become very demanding,” Ba added.
“If we repeat the same performance we put in last weekend I think it will be enough. You shouldn’t forget that we played the reigning champions.
“It bothers me a bit when the team doesn’t create much, because football is about beautiful play.
“People come to the stadium to watch good football and not to watch long balls from the goalie to the striker.”