Newcastle powerless to stop Demba Ba Arsenal transfer
Manchester United 'keeping tabs' on Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli
NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew has conceded that he's powerless to prevent Demba Ba moving to Arsenal in the New Year transfer window.
As we reported yesterday, the Senegalese striker's agent made plain his client's displeasure with life as a Tyneside substitute and that's prompted a sharp response from Pardew. "I have spoken to Demba [about his agent] and told him I was disappointed with some of the comments around him," said Pardew. "Sometimes it's out of his control and out of my control."
The Daily Mail reports that Ba has left Newcastle "dismayed with his pay demands" and is allegedly demanding a big hike on his existing wages of £50,000 if he's to remain with the Magpies next year. Asked whether Ba could move to the Emirates in January's transfer window, Pardew admitted there was a chance: "The situation with him is ongoing in terms of his contract, as there is that clause in there and it makes us vulnerable. That's where we are. It's still open in the next window."
Elsewhere and Manchester United are "keeping tabs" on Valencia playmaker Sofiane Feghouli, according to Talksport. The 22-year-old has talent coming out of his ears and his form for Valencia in La Liga has sparked interest among a host of top European clubs. Spartak Moscow and AC Milan are said to have expressed an interest in the Algerian international, but now it appears United are circling their prey. Talksport reports that Feghouli – who was born in France but opted to play international football for the land of his forbears – has two years left on his Valencia contract but that the Spanish side could be tempted to sell if a big enough offer is received.
In other news the Metro claims Everton may step in to rescue former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves from oblivion. Since being released by Manchester City in the summer, the injury-ravaged 31-year-old has been touting himself around the great and the good – and the not so good – of European football. It had seemed the former Bayern Munich star – who's won 42 England caps – was set for a loan deal with Lille, only for the French club to back out at the 11th hour – allegedly over concerns about Hargreaves' fitness.
The Metro says Everton "are weighing up a move" for the Canadian-born Hargreaves with manager David Moyes likely to offer him a trial. If he impresses then the Metro says the Toffees will offer Hargreaves a pay-as-you-play contract, with a basic salary of just £10,000-a-week. If that fails to come to fruition, there is the possibility of a move Stateside to an undisclosed MLS outfit.
Reading have received a boost with the announcement that midfielder Jem Karacan has signed a new three-year contract at the Madejski Stadium. The 23-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season and there had been talk of a possible move to West Bromwich Albion. But Sky Sports reports that the Royals have confirmed the deal with Karacan expressing his joy at the news: "I'm delighted to finally get it done, we've been in negotiations for a little while so it's nice to put pen to paper."