Newcastle United are desperate to keep hold of Demba Ba.

The Sunday Express says Newcastle are powerless to prevent Senegal international Ba's people talking to interested parties until the end of July.

It is understood a couple of clubs in Russia and Turkish giants Galatasaray are involved in talks to sign the popular St James' Park striker.

Newcastle want Ba to stay and are prepared to offer him an improved contract.

Once Tuesday night's deadline has passed the ball is back in their court over whether he leaves, with the transfer fee being set by the Newcastle hierarchy.