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Demba 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.
Arsenal have so far refused to offer Theo Walcott more than £80,000-a-week and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is closing in on Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge.
Newcastle tried to tempt Ba into signing a new contract with the club and agree to remove his £7m release clause with a £70,000-a-week offer that was quickly rejected.
Ba's demands mean that interested clubs must be prepared to commit to a deal that would cost around £21m in wages and the transfer fee to sign the Senegal international for three years.