Arsene Wenger keeping tabs on Newcastle ace

Newcastle striker Demba Ba

Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to trigger Demba Ba’s buy-out clause in a bid to prize him away from Newcastle in January, the Sun reports.

The Senegalese striker has a £7.5million clause in his Newcastle contract, allowing him to leave to anybody who matches that fee. It was expected that clubs would come in for him last summer but it seems Wenger is ready to take the plunge and bring the striker to the Emirates in the winter transfer window.

Ba, 27, is however said to be keen to stay at St James Park:

“Demba wants to be paid what he thinks he deserves but remains committed to the club. He loves it at Newcastle and wants it to be sorted out as soon as possible.” Said a source close to the player.

After the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in the summer, the Gunners have struggled to find a regular goal scorer to take his place. New signings Lukas Podolski and in particular Oliver Giroud, despite flashes of what they can do have struggled to find any consistent form since moving to England.

Ba in comparison is currently joint top of the Premier League scoring charts with 10 goals and Wenger is reportedly ready to offer him £60,000 a week in wages plus add ons to bring him to the club.