London Rivals Given Deadline To Sign £7m Demba Ba

By on May 31, 2012

With the summer transfer window set to open, we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news. Today sees Chelsea and Tottenham linked with Demba Ba.

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Chelsea and Tottenham have until the 31st July to sign Newcastle striker Demba Ba for a bargain £7m, according to a report by the Daily Mirror.

Ba hit 16 goals during a very impressive first season for Newcastle United, as the Geordies narrowly missed out on an unlikely top four finish.

It is common knowledge that the Senegal international has a £7m release clause in his contract but the Mirror claim that clause came in to effect today and will expire in two months time on the 31st July.

The report suggests that both Chelsea and Tottenham are keen on the 27-year-old but the London rivals will have to move quickly or risk having to pay his full market value after the deadline passes.

Alan Pardew is desperate to hang on to the striker and had hoped to renegotiate the clause out of Ba’s contract. However, the Mirror believe the players representatives were unwilling to alter his contract as there is another caveat in his deal that would see their man pick up £2.5m of any future transfer fee.

There have been concerns over whether Ba would pass a medical due to past problems with his knees, but the fact remains that he played 32 league games  last season and has showed no signs of the knee issues that have haunted him in the past.

Chelsea are in need of a replacement for Didier Drogba while Tottenham are looking for alternatives to Emmanuel Adebayor, with the club struggling to strike a deal with Man City to make his loan move permanent.

FT Verdict

We predict that it won’t be just Chelsea and Tottenham who will be in for Ba this summer. There aren’t many players of his quality available for just £7m, so we should expect something of a transfer scramble over his signature.

More Chelsea transfer rumours   |  more Tottenham transfer rumours

The 31st July ‘deadline’ is interesting as it means clubs will have to move quickly, and with the player not at the Euro’s this summer and free to conduct transfer business, Alan Pardew might be in for a few sleepless nights. We think Ba will move on this summer,  but at this stage it’s anyone’s guess where he’ll end up.

Would you like to see Ba at your club? Get involved in the comments section.

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17 Comments

  1. BillytheFish

    May 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Ba has already stated about 100 times he has no intention of leaving Newcastle.
    Don’t you people listen!!

    His REAL agent would tell you this if you ask!!!

    • Wales

      May 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      A player always says that when he wants to keep fans happy but if a better offer comes in from Spurs he would be foolish to ignore it. Chelsea is simply a non starter, nobody even knows who there manager will be yet.

  2. Julius Chigwegwe

    May 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Chelsea please sign this Demba Ba now. He is a fantastic striker you will never get at 7 million pounds.

    • Oliver

      May 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      No way he will go to Chelsea and play second fiddle to Torres, he wants to play football.

  3. ali

    May 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    As a spurs fan I know it will be Chelsea who would put a successful bid, if anyone. By 31 July Levy&co would still be fighting for pennies over Vertonghen (if the scums dont snatch him by then) and we wil end up signing another free like Nelsen, Saha..etc Keep on Sending the right messges Levy!

    • Stewart

      May 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      He is, it’s people like you who aren’t.

  4. Owolabikazeem

    May 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Tel ba to come to my team chelseafc now

  5. tunde

    May 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Chelsea hv enof forward. Hazard, marin, torres, lukaku, hulk,we nid a right full back and a midfielder

  6. Jonathan mupaale

    May 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I dnt thnk we nid hm nw,we gat plenty of trikers!

  7. Rotimi david adeyemi

    May 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    We don need demba ba,he’s not skillful. We nid a skilful striker like falcao. He’s sharp. Ok 4 dembele if dey wish.

  8. Vic3

    May 31, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I think ba is a good player but chelsea dont need him cos we got lot of fowards we need midfilders and defenders up bluesssssssss

  9. Ujah

    June 1, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Don’t make any thing silly for people to think your like my club. We dont need you. Up chealsea

  10. Olumuyiwa

    June 1, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Who says we don’t need such a good striker for just £7m. Torres has not convinced us yet though we believe in him. If chelsea does not go for this bargain, i pray Hulk will not be our only hope and dont forget it is his first season in England.

  11. Obafemi segun

    June 1, 2012 at 6:59 am

    We need Demba ba becos we need a replacement 4 drogba. Let us do what we have to do in time and settle down with all our player.No time UP BLUES:-D:-P

  12. Michaelabiola

    June 1, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Pls will need ba cus it is a sharp stricker. but pls get me prince boateng or adam johnson cus nest season will be touph.

  13. rohit

    June 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

    hey hey chelsea sign a LCB {great}in place of terry for UEFA SUPER CUP final bcouz .. terrys out!!

  14. hardeorlar

    June 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Yap u can imagin d kind ø̲̣̣f fantastic goal he score against us at bridge i will hereby urge di matter to sign him for as cheap as 7m

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