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Newcastle chief Llambias happy for Ba to move on

Newcastle United have plans well in place to cover the departure of Demba Ba.

The Daily Mail says Toon managing director Derek Llambias has yet to receive an email from any club, which would trigger the £7m release clause in his contract, but it hasn't stopped negotiations taking place outside Newcastle.

Around two months ago, Llambias opened talks over a new contract, but Ba made it clear that he wanted to explore other options in January. The club made a final offer and - with the window in mind - set a strict deadline.

If Ba refuses the improved terms on offer on Tyneside he will remain on £45,000 a week for the next 18 months unless his release clause is triggered.

Despite the current uncertainty, Ba has been a great piece of business for Newcastle, scoring 16 goals in the Premier League last season.

Llambias, a shrewd operator, will be heading to Europe later this week as Newcastle prepare to sign a replacement.

After owner Mike Ashley squandered fortunes in his first few years at the club, Llambias runs a tight ship and is at ease as Ba works his exit strategy.

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