Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has called for calm amid speculation that the club will struggle to hold on to star striker Demba Ba, insisting that he will do all he can to keep the 27-year old at Tyneside.
Ba represented Hoffenheim before arriving in English football and briefly playing for West Ham in 2011.
Despite an impressive tally of seven goals in 13 total appearances for the Hammers, though, Ba truly arrived in the Magpies shirt, scoring 16 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions last season.
Some of England’s top clubs have thus been interested in pursuing the Senegal international but Pardew is determined to fight on for the player’s services.
“I want Demba to stay. He’s a Newcastle player and all I’m focusing on is making sure he’s a Newcastle player next season,” Pardew asserted.
Midfielder Yohan Cabaye reiterated the same stance, in fact urging Pardew to retain all of the club’s major players as they seek to repeat last season’s impressive showing.
“Demba scored so many goals for us so it’s going to be important to keep him – and keep all the big players,” Cabaye told Sky Sports.
The 26-year old added: “I hope the board are going to do the right things to keep them. I don’t know if we can go higher than last season, but we have to keep doing the right thing.”
Newcastle finished fifth last season after contending for Champions League qualification for the duration of virtually the entire campaign.