Ba snubs Hoffenheim camp
Hoffenheim general manager Ernst Tanner has confirmed reported West Ham target Demba Ba has gone AWOL.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 05/01/11 5:35pm
Hoffenheim general manager Ernst Tanner has confirmed reported West Ham United target Demba Ba has gone AWOL.
The Senegal international has refused to join his team-mates in La Manga for their training camp, adding fuel to speculation that the striker could be heading to the Hammers in the January transfer window.
Hoffenheim, who paid £2.5million for Ba's service back in 2007, have told the 25-year-old he must report for duty or face being fined by the Bundesliga outfit.
Tanner told BILD: "It is a fact, despite warnings from the executive board and despite my request, he has refused to come over to join us.
"Demba said he is not clear-headed at the moment. We have been spoken over three days about this, in between Christmas and New Year. I have told him now he will be facing legal consequences.
"He could either be facing a fine or even a termination with immediate effect -something that would ban him and not allow him to play for a new club for a while."