Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has criticised the representatives of Toon striker Demba Ba for their involvement in the stalled transfer talks with Chelsea. Pardew said: "In some respects, I feel a little bit sorry for Demba as well because I think people who are representing him are not actually representing him.

"There are people out there who are saying this who are not actually involved or want to be involved, and that's the sort of world we are in.

"The contract is what it is, we are all aware of that, and for me as the manager I need it resolved as quickly as possible. That's the best situation for our fans and for the club."

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