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Demba Ba's Chelsea move still on despite contract hitch

January 01, 2013

Demba Ba's agents expect talks with Chelsea to resume his week after a hitch in his move to Stamford Bridge.

The Newcastle striker, who has already hit 13 goals this season, is wanted by the Blues but talks broke down yesterday over wages. 

Chelsea have offered Ba £70,000-a-week but his representatives see the amount as not much more than the money he is currently on at St James’ Park. 

Ba earns £35,000-a-week basic and £25,000-a-week for appearances. His people are unhappy that he was not offered any kind of bonus or appearance fee. 

They point to Ba’s position as second-top scorer in the Premier League behind Manchester United’s Robin van Persie, and the fact he has never missed a game for the Magpies through injury. 

Chelsea are so far refusing to budge on their position. But QPR remain among a string of other clubs interested. 

And Ba’s representatives, who met with Blues technical director Michael Emenalo on Sunday night, believe Chelsea could yet soften their position in the coming days. 

Meanwhile the Senegalese striker has been ordered to put an end to the circus surrounding his future – and to make a decision. 

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will play Ba against Everton on Wednesday night but he is turning up the heat, conscious that Toon fans are having their loyalty to their leading goal scorer tested to the limit. 

A “substantial” final offer remains on the table from Newcastle but Ba has been asking for £83,000 a week from the Geordies which they won’t match. 

Pardew said: “It’s difficult for our fans to really feel that Demba is solid with the team with everything else that’s going on. 

“But when he’s played he’s always shown his full ­commitment and I do think he’s becoming a victim of a few sharks around him. 

“He needs to make a decision fairly early – for everyone’s sake, most of all himself. Our fans need to know if he’ll still be with us to the summer.”


Source: DailyMirror


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