Its my understanding, the clause that will let Ba move for £7mil, ends on Tuesday (31-7-2012) surely any club intending to make a move for him will do so very soon. Unless something has already been agreed- IE £10mil+ Ba for Carroll?
IMO Pardew would be mad to do that.
Its the same old problem for us, with regards to transfers- We Don't Pay the Wages. If Ba is looking to move on and we are trying to compete with the Chavs/ Liverpool, we will struggle.
JL- I saw Jenas and Bentley got more game time! Odd, IMO they should both be forming an orderly cue for the door, but by playing them at least AVB gets to see what they offer (if he didn't already know) he also gives them a shop window for a potential move.
What with the speculation around Luka and Niko's departure and Pienaar apparently heading back to Toffeeland, then he needs to either move Jenas/Bentley on quickly and replace them or work out how to use them.
IMO, The recent publicity from Luka and Niko, is far more damaging for us with regards to future transfers than anything Harry did or didn't do- I had numerous issues with the decisions Harry made and I think Levy and the board had little choice but to remove him from his position. CL football will make a difference- some players demand it- other will demand huge wages neither of which we can offer.
I think we all need to move on from Harry's departure, its done- Whilst he did do a lot to improve us, he also made errors, on the whole I will look at his time with us and try and focus on the positives. Now can we start looking to the future as constantly looking back won't achieve anything- especially as none of us have the full facts.
I think Levy is now playing a very dangerous game- If the statement made by Niko has any truth to it, then this could impact other players moving to us in the future.
Anxiety is building- IMO we need to push on with restructuring our squad- those who need to or want to go should be moved on asap- giving AVB as much time as possible to replace and tweak as is necessary.