A brace from Demba Ba helped Newcastle United get over their five-match winless streak in the English Premier League in Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic. Demba Ba drew first blood in the game through a penalty and later added another to give Newcastle United a 2-0 lead at half-time. Gael Bigirimana scored a brilliant long-ranged goal in the second half to seal the victory.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew fears days without Demba Ba. Alan Pardew admits Newcastle United could lose his services during the January transfer window. Demba Ba has gathered a lot of interest from a couple of English Premier League clubs since his arrival in England.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are the frontrunners for Demba Ba’s signature. Both clubs are expected to enter the football market with strong bids for the 27-year Senegal international this fall.
“The truth of it is that Demba has got a clause in his contract and it is still hanging over us,” Alan Pardew said in his post-match interview. “We have tried to negotiate away and we have not managed to do that as yet.
“But the one thing I will say on a positive note is that he has never, if I am honest, looked me in the eye and looked like he wanted to do anything else but stay here, and I hope he does.”
Champions League action could secure Demba Ba’s future with Newcastle United. Liverpool have offered Demba Ba a lucrative new contract, but if the Toons manage to grab a Champions League spot the striker will probably extend his stay with the club.
Newcastle United, who finished fifth in the English Premier League last season, are currently placed 14th on the table. Alan Pardew believes victory over Wigan Athletic will reinvigorate confidence in his team.
“It was a massive victory for us, and I am very proud of my staff and my players because we have had to stand tall,” Alan Pardew said. “Four defeats in this city isn't easy for any team, I don't think. There was a lot of pressure on us.”
Demba Ba has a £7 million release clause embedded in his contract with Newcastle United. The Toons have been at the table with Demba Ba hoping he signs an extension with the club, but the Senegalese wants to review his options before committing to their cause.