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The Spurs boss claims the Senegalese international, who has been in sensational scoring form this season, could leave Tyneside for significantly less than his worth

Newcastle striker Demba Ba has a release clause in his contract which means he is available for under £7 million, according to Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

Ba has been attracting interest from some of the Premier League’s top clubs having scored a sensational 15 goals in the first half of the season at the Sports Direct Arena.

Toon boss Alan Pardew insists potential suitors will have to pay big money to lure away any of his key players, but Redknapp has now claimed Ba has a release clause which would allow him to depart at a fraction of his true worth, widely estimated to be around £15m.

When initially asked if the clause was set around the £10m mark, Redknapp replied: “I think you will find it is a lot less than that.”

Asked if was as little as £7m, the Spurs boss added: “Even less than that.”

Redknapp would not reveal whether Spurs want to bring in Ba as they look to bolster a strikeforce which could be depleted by the possible departures of Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe in January.

The north Londoners may, however, be forced into the market for a defender, after Redknapp revealed club captain Ledley King faces another significant spell on the sidelines after tearing his hamstring in training.

"Ledley did his hamstring in training on Friday," the Spurs boss told reporters.

"He came out, had an easy jog and it went. The only options I have got are [Michael] Dawson, [Sebastien] Bassong and [Younes] Kaboul. There is no-one else."

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