Ba rejects January exit talk


Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has rejected talk he's ready to leave the club in the January transfer window, however the Senegalese striker has opened the door to a future move to Paris St Germain.

Having scored 15 Barclays Premier League goals this season, Ba has according to newspaper reports caught the eye of a number of rival clubs, with Liverpool and Manchester United both interested in signing up the 26-year-old.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is another reported admirer, having revealed that Ba's release clause at the Sports Direct Stadium is below £10 million.

However, Ba said: "I'm in Newcastle, fans like me, and then the transfer market will be closed when I go back, so I'm not focused on it.

"My first goal is the [African Cup of Nations], and getting a good result, then I want to continue playing good games for Newcastle."

Despite scoring seven goals in 12 league games for West Ham United following his move from Hoffenheim during last season's January transfer window, the signing of Ba was seen as something of a risk going into the new season.

Stoke City rejected the opportunity to sign Ba during the winter window, with boss Tony Pulis describing the player's knee as 'a ticking time bomb'.

Ba has since repaid the faith put in him by Alan Pardew, his latest victim being reigning champions United, who the Toon forward opened the scoring against to spark a comfortable 3-0 win.

While a January move might be out of the question, Ba is refusing to move away from Newcastle in the future, with PSG the forward's preferred destination.

"Yes, why not? It's possible. I have always supported PSG, and it's a club that is enticing," Ba added.

"But it will be difficult to do that in January."

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