It looks like Arsenal will have a choice of two strikers to buy in January, as Newcastle United are resigned to selling their 27-year old Senegalese striker Demba Ba when the January transfer window opens. The North East club and their owner, Mike Ashley, have failed to agree terms with Ba over a new contract, so are ready to move him on as soon as possible so they can get a replacement settled in.
Alan Pardew has had to live with the threat of another club exercising the release clause in Ba’s contract of £7.5 million, and have offered the striker a new deal worth around £70,000 per week, according to the Mirror. His agent is demanding £80,000 and the Magpies will not go that far, so it seems to be just a question of where, not if, he will go.
With 10 goals from 16 league games so far this season, it is no surprise that Liverpool are also keen on him to take some pressure off Luis Suarez. With Arsenal expected to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Schalke, Wenger may not challenge Brendan Rodgers for Ba, especially if he can arrange an extended loan deal for Thierry Henry from the New York Red Bulls.
The decision whether to go for Ba may also hinge on the outcome of the never ending contract saga between the Gunners and Theo Walcott. If the club can get him to sign, then we will have plenty of goals in the team and a move for the Newcastle front man would seem unlikely, but he is a definite talent who has proved his worth in the Premier league.