Newcastle striker Demba Ba has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ahead of next month’s transfer window opening.
The Arsenal manager is fully aware that he can land the Senegal striker for £7.5million due to a buy-out clause in his Newcastle contract.
Wenger is desperate for a proven Premier League striker after selling Dutch superstar Robin van Persie to Manchester United in the summer, while forwards Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh also depart for the African Nations Cup next month.
“I have nothing to say about those speculations [with Arsenal]. Nothing has happened”, Ba told Canal+.
“The media know Arsenal need another striker and they know about my release clause. They need to make their own mind up about it.
“Arsenal are one of those teams who makes you dream”.
With Ba’s current deal expiring in 2014 and the next transfer window looming, the Magpies remain ‘hopeful’ of tying the 27-year-old frontman down to a new contract.
Ba struck 16 times for Newcastle last season helping them secure European football for the first time since the 2006/07 season.
It will be interesting to see how committed Ba is when Arsenal come knocking – and for a measly £7.5million it could be a coup for Wenger if he decides to pursue the Senegalese in January.
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