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Despite £7.5m clause, Pardew thinks Ba will stay at Newcastle United

Alan Pardew thinks Demba Ba will stay at Newcastle United.

The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the most prolific goalscorers in the Premier League, having joined the Magpies on a free transfer last summer. Ba hit 16 goals in 34 matches last season, and this term he has chipped in with 11 from 19, which also makes a mockery of claims he has a troublesome knee problem.

However, as has been widely reported, the Senegalese ace has a release clause in his contract of £7.5million, and there is no shortage of potential suitors for his signature. Arsene Wenger may insist Arsenal will not bid for the former West Ham United star, but Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur would welcome him back to the capital whilst Liverpool are desperately short of attacking options.

Pardew admits to lose his star striker would be a blow to Newcastle, who are just three points above the relegation zone having struggled to recapture their impressive form of last season. But the Magpies boss believes Ba could snub a move away from St James Park, and at least see the season out with the North East club.

“Really and truly this window is the key, I think, because if Demba goes in this window, it will cause us a problem,” he said. "I think he will stay, but there's a possibility he could go because of the clause that's still in force. In the summer, I won't let it run until the summer.

“I'll do something about it. We will either move Demba on or we will secure him in the summer. Some of the speculation that runs around him - yesterday he was asked about his home-town club, PSG, would he like to play for them one day, and he said yes, of course.

"That's now a headline. The media kind of fuel it and I understand that, that's part of their business. But for our part, he has always put out for us, he has scored more goals than anyone else for us, he is playing well and that's what I have to focus on."

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