Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has told Demba Ba that even if he stays with the Magpies until the end of the season he will be sold in the summer if the release-clause remains in his contract, reports the Mirror.
Speculation is once more rife that the 27-year-old Senegal international will leave Tyneside next month when the £7.5million clause in his contract becomes active again during the winter transfer window.
Pardew said: "Really and truly this window is the key, I think, because if Demba goes in this window, it will cause us a problem.
"I think he will stay, but there's a possibility he could go because of the clause that's still in force.
"In the summer, I won't let it run until the summer. I'll do something about it.
"We will either move Demba on or we will secure him in the summer."