London – Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has accused Demba Ba's agents of giving bad advice to their client as the Senegal striker continues to be linked with a move away from St James' Park.
Ba, who has scored 13 goals this season, has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave Newcastle if a club bids £7 million and the former West Ham star has been linked with a host of teams ahead of the January transfer window.
Chelsea were the latest side to express interest in Ba, with representatives of the 27-year-old reportedly holding talks with the Blues on Sunday.
Those discussions were later described as unproductive, but Pardew is aware that it won't be the last time Ba is involved in transfer talk during the window as agents seek to cash in on a potential big-money move.
“In some respects, I feel a little bit sorry for Demba as well because I think people who are representing him are not actually representing him,” Pardew said on Thursday.
“There are people out there who are saying this who are not actually involved or want to be involved, and that's the sort of world we are in.
“The contract is what it is, we are all aware of that, and for me as the manager I need it resolved as quickly as possible. That's the best situation for our fans and for the club.”
Newcastle have spent recent months attempting to negotiate a new contract with Ba which would remove the clause and that remains on the table, but Pardew insisted it would not do so indefinitely.
“The situation with that is that it's getting close to the point where we say 'no more', but the offer is still there,” Pardew added. – Sapa-AFP