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Pardew keen to avoid Ba transfer uncertainty

Demba Ba is Newcastle United's top scorer this season with 11 Premier League goals Credit: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says the club's top scorer Demba Ba could be sold if a transfer release clause remains in his contract.

The Senegal international is understood to have a £7.5 million clause in his current deal with the Magpies, which becomes active during each transfer window. Speculation has once again surfaced that the 27-year-old could leave in January if that fee is met by another club.

Pardew says Ba is happy at St James' Park, but will not allow the uncertainty surrounding his future to continue into next summer. He said: "I think he will stay, but there's a possibility he could go because of the clause that's still in force.

"In the summer, I won't let it run until the summer. I'll do something about it.

"We will either move Demba on or we will secure him in the summer."

Arsenal, QPR and Paris St Germain are among the clubs linked with a possible move for Ba, who has scored 11 Premier League goals so far this season.

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