With Olivier Giroud struggling to replicate the Van Persie-esque effect at the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger and co. are reportedly in the market for another striker, namely Newcastle United’s Demba Ba.
With a buy-out clause of £7.5million, Arsenal are expected to lodge a bid for the Senegal star during the winter transfer window in order to strengthen their frontline and compete strongly on the tree fronts, wiz, Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
“While several names have been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks, the Sun claim it’s Newcastle’s Ba who Wenger wants to compete with Olivier Giroud up front and the Senegal international can be snapped up for just £7.5m due to a buy-out clause in his contract.”
Football-Talk has also mentioned that although Ba was heavily linked with a move away from the St. James’ Park during the summer, no club actually showed the intent to meet the striker’s asking value.
However, things could be a little different come January as manager Alan Pardew himself has admitted his nervousness at the nominal buy-out clause while talking to Sky Sports after the Wigan game in which Ba netted an impressive brace to take his goal-tally to 10 strikes this campaign.
“Demba is a player who loves it here and he understands it is a football city,” said the former Reading midifleder.
He further added, “We’ve tried to do a deal with him and take the clause out and that’s probably where the speculation is.“The clause is always hanging over us and it makes it difficult for us, the club and him. We accept that and that’s the way football is.”
Although Arsenal are keen to beef up their team in order to fight for silverware, it is unlikely Wenger would go for a relatively inconsistent player like Ba. He might have hit a rich streak of form lately, but the player is often criticized for his inability to exert an impact in big games and one cannot forget the 27-year-old’s horrendous showings towards the business end of last season.798539