Newcastle striker Demba Ba has rubbished claims from a man claiming to be his representative that he could be set for a move to Manchester United.
Armand Doorn yesterday said the English champions had enquired about the 15-goal hitman’s availability, but Ba has insisted Doorn is “nothing” for him.
Speculation has been rife about Ba’s future since he played a leading role in Newcastle’s 3-0 win over Man United last Wednesday, with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp revealing Ba has a release clause of £7million.
However, the frontman, who is currently with the Senegal squad preparing for the African Cup of Nations, has hit out at Doorn’s claims and tweeted: “Really, I don’t know how desperate this ‘Armand Doorn’ can be to talk like he’s my agent!
“He’s nothing for me. Stop lying and show respect.”
Ba has enjoyed a sensational start to his career at St James’ Park since joining on a free transfer from West Ham last summer, and is thought to be happy to stay with the Magpies until at least the end of the season.
The buyout clause in his Newcastle contract has intensified speculation about his future, but a spokesman for Ba’s management team has also denied Doorn’s claims and insisted the player is happy to stay and has “just started something” on Tyneside.
The spokesman said: “Armand Doorn is not Demba’s agent. Alex Gontran is the only person who can speak on his behalf and Newcastle have not had an offer for him.
“Demba feels good at Newcastle, he has just started something there. There is a release clause in his contract but the figure will remain confidential.
“If a club wants to speak to Demba, then they must go to Newcastle first. We respect the process.”