By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Brought to Newcastle from West Ham by Pardew during the summer of 2011, Ba made an ideal start to his Magpies career with a flurry of goals, earning him the 2011/12 Signing of the Year award as voted for by the Premier League Managers Association. Although his goal-scoring run dried up at the tail end of the season, Ba's reputation and the skills he displayed were sufficient to earn him several suitors.
The clubs interested in the Senegalese are aware of a 7.5 million pounds release clause in his contract. The condition will be available for activation in less than three weeks, but Pardew is confident that Ba will choose to stay at St James' Park.
"I've not seen any sign from Demba since he came back, and he's actually training very well, that suggest he wants to find another club. I don' t sense that at all," he said to the Daily Mail.
"I genuinely don't see a situation where he wants to move on. He has not stressed to me he wants to move to pastures new."
Admitting that the striker did voice out some displeasure regarding the position he was allocated, the former Hammers manager insisted he was ready to make adjustments to keep Ba happy.
"He has said to me he wants some reassurance from me, he wants more of a striking role this season and I think he will. He played a couple of roles that were unorthodox for me last season to help the team, that's the sort of person he is. He wants to play through the middle and score goals, that's what he does best," Pardew stated.
"The situation has been the same since he arrived at the club. He has a contract to Newcastle and he is loved here."
Notching a total of 15 goals during the first half of the season, the forward found surprising difficulty hitting the back of the net upon his returning from the African Cup of Nations. Pardew acknowledged that he was concerned by Ba's sudden loss of form, but he does not forsee a situation like that happening again.
"He had a brilliant season, especially the first half, then after the African Nations, I think it did not go as well for him as it could have," Pardew said.
"That is something we will look at because we want him to be at his very, very best. But we are planning for him to have another great season with us."
Rival clubs Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are rumoured to be keen to trigger Ba's release clause.