Ba representative claims United interest


A member of Demba Ba's representatives has claimed that Manchester United are interested in signing the Senegalese striker.

The 26-year-old has been in sparkling Barclays Premier League form in the past 12 months, almost keeping West Ham in the top flight after joining in January '11 and hitting 15 goals in 19 matches after switching to Newcastle United on a free transfer in the summer.

It's form that led Spurs boss Harry Redknapp to admit interest in the player, claiming a minimum fee release clause of less than £7 million made Ba an attractive proposition. It also appears to have got Red Devils chief Sir Alex Ferguson interested.

"It is true Manchester United, it's true, but nothing concrete. No manager [has] called me and said, 'Armand, can we sit down' and everybody is asking how much his release clause is, but nothing concrete," Armand Doorn told IBTimes UK.

"There is a clause, but it is not simple. Newcastle knew when they signed him that it was in his last [contract]. Obviously he is doing very well at Newcastle, he's not injured and a lot of clubs are showing interest, but there is nothing concrete at this moment.

"A lot of clubs are calling for Demba. At this moment we are doing it [transfer negotiations] with his brother, before we did it alone and now we do it with his brother."

Ligue 1 big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain are also claimed to hold an interest in the player, who spent time in France with FC Rouen before moving to Mouscron in Belgium and Hoffenheim in Germany before the switch to England.

Stoke City were poised to sign the player last January, but after he failed his medical at the Britannia Stadium, Ba joined the Hammers in a reported £7.1 million deal. Since switching to St. James' Park, his form has alerted clubs from across Europe.

"PSG did show some interest, maybe more concrete too, but this is because I know there are a lot of new people on the board there and a lot of people know Demba already, since he was young.

"So it is easier for them to talk to the brother, to the family and yes there is a possibility, but again, there is nothing concrete. We haven't sat down with anybody yet."

Manchester United currently have a plethora of attacking options at Old Trafford, with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov and Danny Welbeck currently vying for first team opportunities.

Whether Ferguson is willing to spend on strengthening in attack over the next 20 days is up for debate, but Ba has done his credentials little harm in the two meetings with Manchester United this season, scoring in a 1-1 draw away and in the 3-0 win on Tyneside a fortnight ago.

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