Newcastle striker Demba Ba has issued his strongest statement yet on his desire to remain at EPL side Newcastle United.
Despite repeated denials that he is looking for a way out of the club, he continues to be linked with a series of suitors, the latest rumour suggesting that he could be used to help broker a deal to bring Liverpool's
However, with just days to go until that particular clause expires on
Speaking to the Journal from Newcastle's training base in
"However, I have never said anything other than I love being at Newcastle.
"If they hear something from me about my future, that is the truth. Otherwise, everything that is said is not true.
"The newspapers and I are not very friendly at the moment. For months and months and months, people have been talking about me, but there is nothing happening.
"Of course, I am looking forward to next season with Newcastle. We just have to build on the progress we made last season. For me, I just can't wait to start the first game."
Ba arrived at
He added only one more on his return after being asked to assume a different role following the January capture of Papiss Cisse, who made an equally sensational contribution to the Magpies' surge into the top five with a 13-goal salvo.
But Carroll remains a target despite West Ham's blossoming interest, although whether or not Newcastle is prepared to meet both Liverpool's asking price or the player's wages is debatable.
Pardew is keen to hold on to Ba and relaxed over the situation, although in that respect, if not on the subject of prospective signings, the end of the transfer window cannot come quickly enough for him.
San Lorenzo president Matias Lammens says the club are confident of signing Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini.