NEWCASTLE United will look to offer Demba Ba a new contract to fend off interest in the in-form striker, who yesterday scooped a prestigious award.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp angered the club when he suggested Ba has a release clause in his contract.
The 26-year-old, yesterday named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for December after scoring five goals in six games, has been sensational since joining the club on a free transfer from West Ham United in the summer.
Ba, pictured, signed off ahead of the African Cup of Nations with his 15th goal of the season in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Manchester United.
And his form at St James’s Park means he is being closely watched by a number of Premier League managers, among them Redknapp.
Redknapp said: “Demba Ba’s done great, hasn’t he? Everybody’s looking at him suddenly.
“Anybody could have had him a year ago. Full credit to Alan Pardew, he took him.
“He’s done a fantastic job. What a strike-rate he’s got. He’s probably the most in-form striker anywhere at the moment.
“They say there’s a release clause in his contract, that’s what we all hear.
“He’s certainly done well, and it will be interesting to see what happens there, but at the moment he’s doing great things for Newcastle.”
Newcastle, as yet, have made no comment on Redknapp’s claim about a release clause, and the club will be concerned at the prospect of the Senegal international becoming unsettled so early in his United career.
And it is likely Ba will be offered a new deal by the club.