Newcastle upbeat over keeping Demba Ba longer

Newcastle United could hold onto Demba Ba for extra games before he departs for Senegal's African Nations Cup campaign.

A contract row between the Senegal FA and coach Amara Traore has resulted in friendlies with Sudan and Tunisia being cancelled - meaning Ba's international team-mates currently have no pre-tournament fixtures on the agenda unless rapid moves are made to resolve a concerning situation for Traore's side.

The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle could well get the green light to allow Ba remain on Tyneside until one week before the competition begins in Guinea and Gabon.

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