Arsenal must break the bank to land Newcastle United striker Demba Ba. The Sunday Mirror says Ba will hit ­Arsenal and Liverpool with £90,000-a-week wage demands in January.

Striker Ba has told Newcastle he will not sign another contract for anything less and is willing to risk ruining a switch to the Emirates or Anfield by making the same demands if his £7million release clause is met.

Russian league club Anzhi Makhachkala would happily pay Ba more than £90,000-a-week, but Arsenal and Liverpool may be loathed to commit to such big wages for the 27-year-old.