Harry Redknapp says that a clause in on-fire Newcastle striker Demba Ba’s contract means he could leave the North East for less than £7 million in January.
Ba has bagged 15 goals this season in the Premier League to help Newcastle confound expectations this season, making him the second highest scorer in the league behind Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie.
The Senegalese international has been hailed as the signing of the season after arriving at the Sports Direct Arena on a free transfer from West Ham over the summer.
Now Redknapp has revealed that speculation that the fee required to invoke the clause is £10 million is wide of the mark.
When questioned if the clause was set at the double-digit figure, the Spurs boss responded: “I think you will find it is a lot less than that.”
When pushed if the figure was as small as £7 million, Redknapp revealed: “Even less than that.”
While Redknapp refused to confirm or deny any interest in bringing Ba to White Hart Lane in January, he did express a liking for Blackburn colossus Chris Samba, while hinting at a possible move in the coming weeks.
Spurs appear to have missed out on the signature of Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill, who is on the verge of signing for Chelsea, while Ledley King’s recent injury has left the former Portsmouth boss with only three fit central defenders.
William Gallas tore his calf muscle during the 1-0 win over West Brom earlier this month while Michael Dawson only made his return from a lengthy lay-off in Spurs’ 3-0 FA Cup win over Cheltenham on Saturday.
Now Redknapp says he is keen on bringing in defensive cover during the January transfer window, admitting he was a fan of Samba’s ability.
"I like Samba, he is a good player," said Redknapp. "I wouldn't want to say it's an impossibility.
"At the moment he belongs to Blackburn but he's a good player."