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Redknapp now admits Ba release clause talk was guff.

Posted on January 10th, 2012 | 84 Comments |

Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp.
Esmeralda!
After strongly suggesting that Newcastle United hitman Demba Ba was available on a release clause of less than £7 million, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has now changed his tune somewhat.

The droopy featured North London manager has now admitted that neither he nor anyone else apart from Newcastle United and Ba himself know what the figure is (if, indeed, there is a figure at all).

Originally, when Redknapp was asked if the figure was £10 million, as claimed by well known bastion of truth and justice, The Daily Mail, the floppy chopped gaffer responded:

“I think you will find it is a lot less than that.”

When asked if the figure was even lower, less than £7 million, he continued:

“Even less than that.”

Now, the saggy supremo, who is facing a court case for two counts of tax evasion this month, has changed his story. Speaking in another interview, Redknapp is now saying that the only people who would know the true figure are Newcastle United and the player himself. Here are his latest revised utterances on the imbroglio:

“I keep hearing conflicting stories about how much the buy-out clause is, one person says one figure, another says he can be bought out for X amount. The only ones who know are Newcastle and Demba Ba.”

Of course, it was Redknapp who originally alleged that there was a release clause in Ba’s current three year contract with Newcastle United, which I covered in this story. This was agreed after the striker took advantage of a release clause in his previous contract with West Ham, which allowed him to leave when the East London club were relegated from the Premiership last season.

This could beg the question: If ‘Arry was just spouting guff about the fee required to trigger a release clause, how much of the rest of it was just speculative guff too? The club hve neither confirmed or denied the presence of the clause, merely stating that they do not comment on such matters, though Toon’s Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, commented on Redknapp’s original remarks:

“I thought, listening to the conversation, that the media tripped him up a little bit, Harry,” Pardew said. “You don’t want to end up talking about other players in the transfer window and I am sure he probably regrets that a little bit.

“He’s a Newcastle player, he has been brilliant for us and that’s all I want to say, really.”

One would have thought that the club would have made a categoric denial if there was no substance whatsoever to the allegations. However from the other side, there has yet to be any real substantiation of them at the time I write this piece.

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84 Responses

  1. As a spurs fan, I don’t condone Harry comments, although you should note that Harry was asked the question by a reporter. Therefore, the clause was public knowledge. Indeed Harry admitted that it’s circulating around other clubs. You guys tapped up a Sochaux player last window so I wouldn’t claim your innocent at all.

    Worth noting that you guys took advantage of a release to get both Ba and Cabaye so it’s fair game.

    Personally I can’t see BA coming to spurs. He’s already looking at PSG and UTD have contacted his agent so bigger fish are circling and that has nothing to do with Harry and everything to do with the idiot who agreed to the clause.

  2. picture above was actually taken of him by undercover reports showing him in contact with next weeks jury.

    also is it me or am i the only one who see the tapping up of who ever will be ruling the trial this month?

    am i right is saying this is a trial not a court case and will be heard in front of a jury?

    if so how can an English jury ignore t.v. coverage, press reports and F.A. comments about Droopy being the next England manager and the only English manager as a contender.

    surely all these comments will soften who ever is sat in the jury.

    lobbying the jury before the trial me thinks.

  3. Alan1029 says:
    January 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    “You guys tapped up a Sochaux player last window so I wouldn’t claim your innocent at all.”

    Sir, how dare you impugn the reputation of those two fine men, Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias!

    All Newcastle United fans are quite sure that they are as pure as the driven snow, and would never try anything as dastardly or underhanded as that. :lol:

  4. In fairness we did seem to be trying to unsettle maiga. The difference between pardew and redknapp is that the maiga incident was a one off, whereas redknapp (despite his insistences to the contrary) persistently does it, and then gets very arsey when someone does it back (chelsea with modric for example)

  5. As one putting a slant on a story to suit yourself, it is amazing that you take the same slants that papers use as gospel. Hypocracy my friend, born out if fear of losing of losing a goalscorer.

  6. Chris, Harry didn’t complain when Chelsea wanted Modric. He supported Modric’s desire to move on for more money. He never criticised Chelsea, as far as I know. It was only Levy who blocked the move because Harry publically stepped aside.

    I am not a fan of want Harry’s doing with Ba but I don’t think it’s as bad it is being made out. The reporter asked him the question. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ba’s agents are telling all the top clubs and reporters about it.

    Ba is a hero at Newcastle but let’s not pretend he’s suddenly become loyal to you. He’s either pushing for more money or he wants away. The deal he’s on at the moment (pay as you play?) is probably not what he feels as reflective of his talent.

    In the end, I feel the clause will be removed in turn for a massive pay rise from your owners. He will come off looking great but in reality his agents have got exactly what they wanted.

  7. Can’t understand why Ba would want to go to a ‘ickle club with tiddly 36,000 crowds

    I mean – if the lad had any ambition and was going to get the train down there, he’d want to sign for Arsenal surely?

  8. Is there a problem with the “Caps Lock” on your computers up North or are you just illiterate ? What the hell is Stephen C on, it can`t be legal.

  9. well the relase clause stood him in good stead at west ham so the smart boy would want it agian. first, you lot had only come up recently. second, your owner does not pay much and he prob thought he was good enough to get the attention of more clubs owned by wealthier backers. and as he was free you would get a windfall anyway so why would you object (you likely did not, and so whine about it now). agree that if there is no clause then the club would say so and i imagine his agent has been telling everyone who will listen, and dear old ‘arry will always listen, well once he pauses for breath from talking.

  10. If he`s going to move South, ambition would dictate WHL, we are about to go 2nd equal in the Premier League and as Sir Alex says, we play the best football in the Country. If he`s happy with mid-table he should stay up North and play second fiddle to Sunderland.

  11. I hate to break it to the Tottenham Rioters who have chosen to share their wisdom with us in here but guess what? Demba Ba loves living in the Toon. Loves playing for United in front of big crowds you lads can only dream about, and would laugh at a transfer to you lot!

  12. Poor ‘Arry – has to crawl round the London Media so they’ll make him out to be summat special.
    What a way to live eh? Hope he stops that twitchy wink in prison, it may be mis-interpreted ;O)

  13. Razspur says:
    January 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Is there a problem with the “Caps Lock” on your computers up North or are you just illiterate ? What the hell is Stephen C on, it can`t be legal.

    Really? Grammar police? The irony. Learn to put a sentence together yourself please.

  14. You are clearly deluded, Martin O`Neill has the Cats with the Cream, you lot will do well to finish in the top half when Ashley plumps for the money in the next 21 days, you heard it here first. Ashley is the one who agreed the clause, ask yourself why ? You and your “Sports Direct Arena” are simply comodities and all have a price.

  15. UTD111

    “Demba Ba loves living in the Toon. Loves playing for United in front of big crowds”

    Ba this morning

    “I have always liked PSG, it’s a club that is very enticing”

    His agent has just now confirmed interest from both PSG and UTD.

    Not sure I am feeling the love there. Ba just follows the money. Where do you think the reporter or Harry got the information about a private contract signed between two parties?

    Do you think Newcastle UTD football club put the information out their or Demba ‘loving the toon’ Ba?

    I’ll give you time to figure that out.

  16. Razspur says:
    January 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    You are clearly deluded, Martin O`Neill has the Cats with the Cream, you lot will do well to finish in the top half when Ashley plumps for the money in the next 21 days, you heard it here first. Ashley is the one who agreed the clause, ask yourself why ? You and your “Sports Direct Arena” are simply comodities and all have a price.

    Razspur
    Why didn’t you say so before?
    You could have saved us all a lot of time if you’d admitted to being totally clueless at the beginning!

    Confirms everything I’ve ever thought about frustrated cockneys (which is a bad start anyway) living in the shadow of a big club like Arsenal.

    Oh dear – keep deluding yerself pal LOL!

  17. illiterate……

    may i apologizes if i did not place the correct words in the correct places.

    but my dandy fellow, i was simply referring to the outstanding work Arry is doing in his lobbying for the “free the Droopy” campaign.

    it has surprised me how much support he has received lately in the run up to the trial. surely this behavior is softening the jury which will be overseeing his trial in the coming weeks.

    personally subliminal approaching the jury is what is currently taking place and i think harry or anyone else for that matter should not count their chickens.

    and as for being illiterate….. at least i can fill in my tax returns correctly and on time.

    and the only offshore account i have is with my local fish and chip shop.

  18. Alan1029 says:
    January 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm
    UTD111

    “Demba Ba loves living in the Toon. Loves playing for United in front of big crowds”

    Ba this morning

    “I have always liked PSG, it’s a club that is very enticing”

    His agent has just now confirmed interest from both PSG and UTD.

    Not sure I am feeling the love there. Ba just follows the money. Where do you think the reporter or Harry got the information about a private contract signed between two parties?

    Do you think Newcastle UTD football club put the information out their or Demba ‘loving the toon’ Ba?

    I’ll give you time to figure that out.

    Alan, Son

    I was going on quotes Ba has made in the local press….

    Of course I saw the PSG quotes – that’s his local team by the way – can’t expect you cockneys to know that so a bit of education for you….so of course he would say that!

    By the way – do you informed cockney lads know about the nail in his leg? Still want to bid?

    Whatever – we have a great scouting team – if Carroll goes (for £35M LOL!), we get Ba – if anybody wants to bid for Ba….we get somebody better again – thats the way it is – get used to it but don’t choke on your jellied eels :o))

  19. Keep looking in the rear view mirror, Sunderland, Stoke and Everton will all finish above you, looks like 10th is about the best you can hope for, still for you lot that`s probably a successful season. Bit hard to take the Sunderland resurgance though !

  20. Razspur says:
    January 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    Keep looking in the rear view mirror, Sunderland, Stoke and Everton will all finish above you, looks like 10th is about the best you can hope for, still for you lot that`s probably a successful season. Bit hard to take the Sunderland resurgance though !

    Look in the mirror…..it’s a sad face LOL!

  21. I get that Newcastle fans want to keep their top scorer, but it makes me piss myself laughing when any supporter spouts off about how a player loves their club.

    Newsflash: players move for money, with moving to a better club or to win things as runner up. Any player will jump ship if more cash is waved at them. That is the game and you are naive if you think otherwise.

  22. Take a look at the Table lad, there`s only one of us with something to smile about. It`s on the right hand side of this blog, near the top.

  23. Razspur and Alan1029, would concentrate on keeping your own players if i was you wont be long till a bigger club comes after Modric and Bale. Anyway whats going to happen when Harry becomes England manager, oh no

  24. Ba would go to a big club not spuds. The reporter did not say to droopy ‘has Demba Ba got a release clause?’ Why would he come out with that to the spuds manager? It was more like spuds were linked with an interest and he asked him about him and droopy, the nation’s f*cking rent-a-quote, just couldn’t say he’s a Newcastle player under contract and we’ll leave it like that.

    It’s the agent stirring it but redknapp did NOT need to say what he did and stir it up more.

    Alan1029 He never “admitted that it’s circulating around other clubs” and if ashley and llambias did tap up that Sochaux player then they should have the book threw at them because they’re snakes but don’t think the Newcastle fans agree with the way they do business. We’re not claiming we’re innocent, where is that claimed? I’d rather you lot tapped him up privately instead of bummimg him in public and giving his agents what they want. Yes we did get Cabaye and Ba through contract clauses, but where did Pards come out in public and talk about Cabaye or Ba’s clauses that we got them on during the season they were under contract? I think you must be a touch bitter as you know alot about our dealings, because if you had Ba instead of adebayor you’d be top of the league because Ba works harder and scores goals

  25. Razspur says:
    January 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    Take a look at the Table lad, there`s only one of us with something to smile about. It`s on the right hand side of this blog, near the top.

    Welcome to the Champions League – pity you turned up years after us LOL!

  26. Yids – Pah, small club in Arsenal

    Tottenham? Hoodies, Rioters, Criminals, on national TV smashing up shops…..thank god I live in Newcastle LOL!

  27. UTD111 are you actually 11 years old ? Have you completed your homework because if you want to see any TV tonight it had better be done, 9:00pm bedtime, i`ll let you get back to it. Nighty night.

  28. “It’s probably the worst pre-season I’ve had. I’ve not enjoyed it one bit, ‘is Luka staying, is he going?’ every day non-stop.

    “He’s a main player for us and he’s been linked every day, even this morning I’m driving in suddenly there’s a £40m offer coming in from Chelsea.”Then suddenly Crouchy is supposed to be going to Stoke when he’s in my team and we’re talking about him going! It’s been a difficult time.”

  29. Razspur says:
    January 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm
    UTD111 are you actually 11 years old ? Have you completed your homework because if you want to see any TV tonight it had better be done, 9:00pm bedtime, i`ll let you get back to it. Nighty night.

    Tarra Son
    (I’m assuming “nighty night” was because your mammy (or your dad’s latest girlfriend) had come to tuck you up?
    Put it this way sonny – if you ever met me, you’d love the NHS LOL!

  30. I believe the Racist who tweeted Stan Collymore was from Newcastle, so given all your incorrect assumptions should i deduce that everyone from Newcastle is a racist ? I don`t think so, generalising is flawed but i don`t expect you to understand that.

  31. Razspur says:
    January 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm
    I believe the Racist who tweeted Stan Collymore was from Newcastle, so given all your incorrect assumptions should i deduce that everyone from Newcastle is a racist ? I don`t think so, generalising is flawed but i don`t expect you to understand that.

    Depends how you define a “racist”

  32. Cockerneeees says:
    January 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm
    Razspur you really think we care about what YOU think? Go to sleep mate school in the morning

    Take the lad’s advice Razwhatever – you are out of your depth mate – go and dream about “beating Arse 2-1” or whatever…..then do your homework!!!

  33. UTD111 You`re the one who doesn`t know the definition of a racist, look it up, google it, you might learn something.

  34. Not that I care, particularly … but let’s face it – Redknapp is what we in the beautiful North East of England would call a “gobshite”?

  35. Razspur says:
    January 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm
    UTD111 You`re the one who doesn`t know the definition of a racist, look it up, google it, you might learn something.

    No mate. I know exactly what I call a “racist”. But you lot in London keep redefining it the way it suits you. If Suarez got 9 weeks, I expect Terry will get off with a caution.

    You tell me what YOU define as a racist…..

  36. That sort of language is about all i could expect from you. Your Gravatar says it all really, a lone Magpie, the most hated bird in Britain, “one for sorrow” well you are such a sorry lot, and the bird is a thief, known to steal food and all that glitters.

  37. “I believe the Racist who tweeted Stan Collymore was from Newcastle”

    I believe he’s a Newcastle University student, so more than likely not from Newcastle. Also there’s a certain irony in you mocking other people for being childish when you’re on here trying to WUM

  38. Razspur says:
    January 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm
    That sort of language is about all i could expect from you. Your Gravatar says it all really, a lone Magpie, the most hated bird in Britain, “one for sorrow” well you are such a sorry lot, and the bird is a thief, known to steal food and all that glitters

    Aye right-oh matey

    If you’ve got nowt to say – except that shite…..time to really get down to doing some homework son. Tell your dad to logon here – you never know, he may even be more intelligent – it wouldn’t take a lot yet somehow, I have my doubts LOL!

  39. The racist from Newcastle is from Jesmond, an area i know well as my daughter rented there while at Northumbria. If he is a student he should have known better.

  40. Oh dear,
    raspberry is losing it,
    who’d a thunk that someone from the wasteland, holding cell between crapyrubsnif & ikea would have the nous to loot a computer then somehow manage to get on-line just to waste our time & space ‘cos igor the skank,
    a man about to become a criminal, lied again?

    Weird!

  41. Kids – this is a football forum. You lot need to grow up!! Cant we talk football without throwing inults?? The Spurs/Newcastle thing was at its worst pre Newcastles relegation and it died down whilst Newcastle were down. I hope we dont get back to those dark days. I like banter like the next man but hardly frequent boards this days as people just throw insults once they disagree with your opinion.

  42. Dee says:
    January 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    Kids – this is a football forum. You lot need to grow up!! Cant we talk football without throwing inults?? The Spurs/Newcastle thing was at its worst pre Newcastles relegation and it died down whilst Newcastle were down. I hope we dont get back to those dark days. I like banter like the next man but hardly frequent boards this days as people just throw insults once they disagree with your opinion.

    Lovely….

    What’s yer point??

  43. Where is the ‘football talk’?

    Course y’gonna see insults if raiders come onto a rival site & try it on.
    QED!

  44. haha if u must kno the racist bloke isnt from newcastle jesmond or anywere like tht……..he is from burnley(lancashire) im a newcastle fan living in burnley and i used to go school with him n he now goes newcastle uni do get it right! n BA will be staying put

  45. According to his Uni enrolement Josh is residing in the Jesmond district of Newcastle. If you have info to the contrary you should inform Northumbria Police.

  46. To be fair we all think were hard behind keyboards. I am a born Geordie who lives near London so kind of neutral. We Londoners are not all that bad it just takes a few eggs to make the batch look bad.

    Just because I have been near London most me life mind, does not stop me supporting the most charactaristic and dramatic team in the world. Always something going on with us hey. Reading dont get anywhere near this amount of attention.

  47. more to the point!!!!! whose NUTZ and why does AL. want UTD111 back?

    are you ditching us for some cheap topless totty mag or is Nutz just code word for nufcblog.co.uk.

    Explain yourself UTD111

  48. Dylan Ice says:
    January 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    “To be fair we all think were hard behind keyboards. I am a born Geordie who lives near London so kind of neutral. We Londoners are not all that bad it just takes a few eggs to make the batch look bad.”

    Dylan, I too am a Geordie who lives in North London and more of my friends seem to supprrt ‘Spurs than any other team, even Arsenal, and I can say categorically that they’re all bad eggs! :-)

  49. Webbo says:
    January 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    “Whats happening with the Olympic stadium then?”

    Webbo, most ‘Spurs fans don’t really want to move to the Olympic Stadium. They want to build a new stadium more or less where they are now but the local council have been a bit awkward. Of course, it must also have one more seat in it than a certain other North london stadium at Ashburton Grove. ;-)

  50. toonsy says:
    January 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    “NUTZ is an NUFC website set up by Al. I believe UTD111 used to write on there. Nothing to do with me.”

    Just to clarify, there were no Harry Redknapp style shenannigans used in his transfer to this blog. :-)

  51. Spurs are a great club – founded by geordies, named after Duke of Northumberland Harry Hotspur, their badge is his “Cock of the North” his emblem & nickname !

  52. Harry Hotspur was killed in battle with a sword through the mouth, he was buried within hours but disinterred the next day. His body was then beheaded, quartered and sent to the four corners of England. One hopes that a little more compassion is shown to Harry Redknapp in respect of the HMRC case.

  53. I think Hotspur’s conviction was overturned on appeal – he was given community service to teach the cockneys to play football, but it didn’t work that well so we then sent you down Waddle & Gazza to improve things.

  54. why you we being so childish and arguing over Demba Ba’s contract situation? Tottenham fans are going to defend the actions of their manager as we would if pardew was under fire, and i get that. football is all about opinions and with regards to Demba Ba’s situation, I would love him to stay but if he does go, he’d still have left us in a good position and contributed quite a bit to our club and for me, I never blame a player who leaves for a bigger club. We newcastle fans should’t delude ourselves any longer thinking we’re a big club cause while we’re a really good club the likes of man utd, man city, arsenal, chelsea, liverpool and even yes, spurs have taken over us in the english game. we might have a bigger stadium and support but I’d say a bigger club is a club that finishes higher and plays in europe constantly, and that we’re not. While we have to remember its our 2nd season back from the championship and we’re looking like a great work in progress and that relegation, as bitter as it was served us well. My only point is we should know where we lie, what our goals are and also no player is bigger than the club. Carroll,Barton,Nolan,Enrique left and Santon,Cabaye,Ba, ben arfa and obertan has come in, what I’ve learned is to support our team and players all the way till they are in different colours and when they leave others will replace them.

  55. Harry is skillful and one of the best manager in England, No doubt about that. But he’s lack of class to be the best in Europe, Prove me wrong if you can.

  56. This guy Ben Arfa, what length of contract is he on ? Must be a clause if a Better Club come in triggers a release of about £5 mill.

  57. ginkoh says:
    January 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

    “Harry is skillful and one of the best manager in England, No doubt about that. But he’s lack of class to be the best in Europe, Prove me wrong if you can.”

    Harry is beautiful and one of the best looking managers in England. Prove me wrong if you can ginkoh ;-)

    Seriously, how do you prove whether someone is one of the “best managers” or not? How many trophies they have won? What tactical innovations they have brought to the game? The way they can take a group of players and motivate them to perform above their abilities? Rinus Michels was voted as FIFA’s “Coach of the Century” for the 20th Century, though he didn’t win the highest amount of trophies by any means. Some people would say that was wrong, some people would say that it was right because he was such an innovator who literally changed the game. So it’s hard to “prove” whether someone is the “best” or not unless perhaps you agree on a set of metrics to measure them against. Even then, it wouldn’t be definitive.

  58. Supermac says:
    January 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    “Spurs are a great club – founded by geordies, named after Duke of Northumberland Harry Hotspur, their badge is his “Cock of the North” his emblem & nickname !”

    First Earl of Northumberland, fourth lord Percy of Alnwick Supermac. He did have a drum dahn the smoke too though, around what is now Tottenham. Also, if it wasn’t for another Geordie aristocrat, all those poncey middle class Londoners would have a nervous breakdown without their cup of Earl Grey. You don’t get many Earl Grey drinkers in Tottenham mind, they prefer crack. ;-)

  59. Razspur says:
    January 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm
    “an area i know well as my daughter rented there while at Northumbria.”

    I know a girl who went to Northumbria, lived in Jesmond and said her dad was a Spurs fan…I know her very well in fact ;)

  60. Harry really should concentrate on Staying out of Jail rather than unsettling other clubs players.

    And Spurs should spend more time building bridges with the local community they have alienated by trying to become West Ham by moving to East London.

    Cant wait for 11th Feb.

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