Newcastle striker Demba Ba underlined his importance to the club after taking his goal tally into double figures by firing the Magpies to a much-needed victory.
The Senegal international struck twice before the break to put 10-man Wigan, who had Maynor Figueroa dismissed, on the back foot and pave the way for a 3-0 win, with Gael Bigirimana scoring his first goal for the club, which ended a sequence of four successive Barclays Premier League defeats.
Manager Alan Pardew admitted Ba's clause, which will become active in January, remains in place, but is hopeful of hanging on to a man whose goals have proved vital. Pardew said: "The truth of it is that Demba has got a clause in his contract and it is still hanging over us. We have tried to negotiate away and we have not managed to do that as yet."
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