Newcastle striker Ba tempted by Arsenal interest

Demba Ba has admitted he could be interested in a move from Newcastle United to Arsenal if the Gunners meet the £7.5m release clause in his contract, the Daily Mail has reported.

Ba’s contract contains the clause as a legacy from his move to Newcastle in summer 2011 and has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, ahead of the opening of the January transfer window. Arsenal are the latest club to be mentioned in connection to the former West Ham United striker, but could face competition from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Newcastle, meanwhile, are hoping to agree new terms with Ba that would see the clause removed from his contract.

While Ba was initially reluctant to speak about rumoured interest from Arsenal with French television, when pushed the Senegal international admitted the chance to play for Arsene Wenger’s side is one that would interest him. Ba acknowledged the gossip linking him with a move to the Emirates Stadium, but denied there was anything substantial behind it.

I have nothing to say about those speculations [with Arsenal]. Nothing has happened, Ba said. He then warmed to the theme, adding: “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.

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