Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he could well lose one of his main strikers during this January's transfer window. Demba Ba has a £7.5 million release clause in his contract and their are a number of clubs getting ready to match that when the window opens.
Continuing to impress with The Toon, the 27-year-old has been in prolific form this season and has attracted more and more interest. Pardew says he will attempt to keep the Senegal International at Newcastle by tying up a new contract, without containing a release clause. But with the interest from reigning European Champions Chelsea and their London rivals Arsenal, it could prove a hard task.
Ba has scored 11 goals this season already and is the type of striker that teams such as Liverpool and Chelsea have a real void for right now. Along with that, Harry Redknapp's QPR are ready to flex their financial muscle once again and wade in with an ambitious attempt to turn their own season around.
Pardew also noted in his interview that Ba was recently questioned about his home town club, Paris Saint Germain. In reply to the question would you ever like to play for PSG? Of course he replied with yes, naturally. Pardew went on to re-iterate the part that the media play in situations like this, with the following headlines suggesting that Ba would be leaving for PSG this week.
With an array of attacking talent currently at his disposal at Newcastle, Pardew seemed relaxed about the situation even if he was to lose Ba. Papiss Cisse was the star man last season but has yet to find similar form so far this season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are certainly using Ba as a target, along with a long shortlist of players. But should they want a cheaper option then certainly a move for the Newcastle frontman could well be on the cards.
Liverpool are also keen to add strikers to their struggling squad, with the need for a target man being their main priority this season with the wieght of the world resting on the shoulders of Luis Suarez, while Arsenal have struggled to gain a real goal scorer since losing Robin Van Persie to Manchester United in the summer.