Chelsea have moved into poll position in the race to sign Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, as an exit from St James’ Park in the 2013 January transfer window looks inevitable.
Today Sky Sports were reporting that Chelsea are set to meet with Newcastle representatives this evening in an attempt to thrash out a deal and activate his £7.5 million release clause.
Demba Ba found the net once again in the Premier League against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium yesterday, as he netted twice to take his tally to 13 for the season.
There is no doubt that Ba would be a massive loss for Newcastle, but if he was to leave at least it would put an end to the situation that comes round every season and would allow Alan Pardew and the Magpies to move on.
Newcastle are already looking to strengthen as well, as they have reportedly agreed a £5m fee with Lille for French right back Mathieu Debuchy, while the exit of Ba would be sure to result in the Magpies increasing their efforts to sign Loic Remy from Marseille as a replacement.
However, he would have to go some way to fill the massive hole that Ba would leave, as the 27 year-old has scored more than 30 goals for Newcastle in 18 months in the north-east.
Here’s an image that Newcastle fans won’t like, as it shows Demba Ba in the Chelsea shirt that he might be wearing next week…
Doesn’t look right, does it?