Demba Ba is demanding Newcastle United double his wages for him to stay.

The People says the Senegal striker will activate a release clause in his contract - which allows him to move for a cut-price £7.5million - if he is not offered a staggering £90,000-a-week deal.

There is no way owner Mike Ashley will consider such a whopping rise so Ba, who is on £40,000 a week, seems certain to move in January, with Liverpool favourites to sign him.

The Ba camp claim that Newcastle did not honour their promise in the summer to increase his wages to a round £50k. But Ba did stay on Tyneside after a move to Galatasaray fell through because of his £100,000-a-week demands.