Saturday, 21 April 2012

Pulis Was Right To Pull Plug On Ba Deal

Demba Ba
TONY Pulis insists he was right to pull the plug on Stoke's bid to sign Demba Ba.

The Potters chief was first to latch on
to the brilliant striker's goal scoring ability, in January 2011.

He agreed an £8million fee with German side Hoffenheim only to see a concerns over a knee problem scupper the move.

Ba signed a short-term deal with West Ham instead, and scored seven goals in 10 league starts as they fought unsuccessfully to avoid relegation.


He was then snapped up by Newcastle on a free in the summer and has already rattled in 16 Premier League goals for them.


That tally includes a painful hat-trick against Pulis' men back in October.

Even after watching the 26-year-old take the top flight by storm, Pulis is still happy with the decision to pull out of a deal.

He said: "We really liked Demba at the time - and that was before anyone else had noticed him.

"The difference with Demba then and now was that we would've had to pay £8m-10m for him.

"So when you're paying that out, and his wages, and the length of contract that he wanted... then there was the situation with his injuries. That all had to be taken into consideration.

"It was a chance the club didn't want to take and they got my backing if they thought that was the situation at the time, but he's done brilliantly, you've got to say that."

Pulis subsequently bought Spurs and England striker Peter Crouch with the money initially earmarked for Ba, and is delighted with the way the situation worked out.

He said: "I don't think Newcastle paid as much money for him as we were about to pay.

"That's why I think he's got this so-called clause in his contract that he can leave for a certain figure in the summer. It'll be interesting to see how that pans out."

"We paid similar money for Crouch - he's been fantastic. I wouldn't swap Crouchy for anybody."

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