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NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew spoke at a press conference about his fears that prolific striker Demba Ba will leave the club in the transfer window in January.

The France-born Senegal international, who has scored 11 goals in 19 Premier League games this season, has a clause in his contract that states he can be purchased by another club for just £7.5m.

However, Pardew is hopeful that the forward will stay at St James’ Park and declared that if he remains at Newcastle, he wants the clause in 27-year-old’s contract to be annulled.

"Really and truly this window is the key, I think, because if Demba goes in this window, it will cause us a problem,” said Pardew.

"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."

Several media outlets have linked Ba, who joined the Magpies in June 2011, with a move away from Newcastle but Pardew dismissed any transfer talk.

"Some of the speculation that runs around him - yesterday he was asked about his home-town club, PSG, would he like to play for them one day, and he said yes, of course,” he said.

"That's now a headline that he's going to play for them next week. The media kind of fuel it and I understand that, that's part of their business.

"But for our part, he has always put out for us, he has scored more goals than anyone else for us, he is playing well and that's what I have to focus on."

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