Pardew fearing Ba departure as striker ends Magpies losing run


NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew insists that striker Demba Ba wants to stay at the club after his brace helped the Magpies end a run of four Premier League defeats and beat 10-man Wigan.

Ba struck from the spot in the 12th minute after Maynor Figueroa was sent off for bringing down Papiss Cisse. The former Hammers striker then tapped in a second after Ali Al-Habsi spilt Davide Santon’s strike.

Wigan failed to seriously trouble Tim Krul before Gael Bigirimana wrapped up the victory from long range with a spectacular curling shot on 71 minutes.

Ba is able to leave Newcastle in January if a £7.5m release clause in his contract is triggered by a rival club but Pardew is hopeful that the Senegal international, who has scored 10 league goals this season, will sign a new deal at the club.

“The situation has never changed, Demba loves it here and understands it’s a football city,” said Pardew.

“We’ve tried to do a deal and take the clause out, we’ve not managed it yet so it’s always there hanging over us and that makes it difficult for me, for Demba and the club.”