Demba Ba Will Stay with Newcastle United After His Buyout Clause Expires

Stephen GillamContributor IIIAugust 1, 2012

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Newcastle forward Demba Ba (r) challenges Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany during the Barclays Premier league match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at Sports Direct Arena on May 6, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Stu Forster/Getty Images

Like Chelsea's dreams of a financially efficient transfer window, July 2012 has faded blissfully from existence.

And with it, Newcastle United striker Demba Ba's buyout clause of about £7 million has expired.

In my opinion, the clause was worked into the contract by Ba's agent in case his stint at St. James' Park didn't work out so well.

The expiry ends a period of worry for Newcastle fans about losing last season's top goal scorer, especially for such a low fee.

These fears weren't helped by Ba's slow finish to the last season, when he was relegated to the shadow of Papiss Cisse and played out of position in a 4-3-3 formation.

Another English club were in dire need of a striker and had a great chance to rectify that by pursuing Ba.

There was also interest from Rubin Kazan, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, but these ultimately came to nothing if they were legitimate rumours in the first place.

This brings up the question of why I'm so certain about Demba Ba's short-term future, and the answer involves a bit of role-playing so I hope you're ready to use your imagination.

Suppose you're a club owner looking to add another striker and you think Demba Ba would be a superb fit for a bargain price.

How do you intend to buy him? You can either move before the clause expires, or wait and buy him off a rival club owner notorious for making clubs pay more than the market value for his star players.

To make a short story long, the clubs that either want him or stand a reasonable chance of bringing him in will have already made their move by now.

Something will have gotten in the way, like Ba's risk of a career-damaging knee injury or the presence of more attractive alternatives like Andy Carroll for £19 million. A higher price will make clubs even less willing to buy him.

Either that, or the interested clubs just weren't attractive enough for Ba himself. He clearly felt heading to Turkey was a step down from finishing fifth in the English Premier League. If that's the case, nothing's changed and they won't get him either.

Because of that, expect Demba Ba to wear the black and white stripes of Newcastle for at least the next season.


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