Newcastle star plays down transfer talk

Newcastle United striker Demba BaNewcastle striker Demba Ba has finally spoken out regarding speculation he could be leaving St James’ Park, as reported in The Daily Mirror.

Ba, 27, took to social networking site Twitter to deny rumours linking him with moves to Manchester United, Liverpool and even Galatasary, writing; ‘So much stuff about me lately. Rumours are rumours! Just forget about it.’

Alan Pardew is looking to hold on to key players as well as adding even more quality ahead of what promises to be a demanding Europa League campaign in addition to domestic matters this season.

The Senegalese international took the Premier League by storm at the start of last season, scoring 8 goals in the first 11 games, only to then be overshadowed by the goal scoring prowess of strike partner Pappiss Cisse.

His contract contains a £7 million release clause which prompted interest from a host of Premier League and European clubs, so Newcastle fans will be comforted to hear of his commitment to the Toon Army.

Ba has returned for pre season training this week and his willingness to stay in the North East should mean that Newcastle do not need to search the transfer market for a striker, having been strongly linked with FC Twente’s Luuk De Jong.