Pardew desperate to keep Ba at Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted he is desperate to make sure striker Demba Ba stays at the club this summer in the face of interest from the Premier League and beyond, the BBC has reported.

Tottenham Hotspur have been continually linked with a bid for the former West Ham United forward, while a rumours of a move to Turkish side Galatasaray gathered pace on the internet last week. Pardew added that since Ba moved to Newcastle last summer there have been stories linking him with a quick departure, but that he hoped the Senegalese remains with the club.

Pardew said: “Ever since he signed with us we’ve had it, I don’t think it’s going to go away. We want him to stay, the fans do too, and we hope that will be the case.

Ba joined Newcastle on a free transfer after leaving West Ham following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2010-11 season, having only arrived at Upton Park in January 2011 from German club Hoffenheim. In his first year with Newcastle, Ba managed 17 goals, helping the Magpies to a surprise fifth-place finish in the league table.

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