Forward set for move to Emirates Stadium in January.
Arsenal are closing in on a January deal for in-form Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, fanatix has learnt.
It is understood that the North London outfit are ready to trigger the Senegalese striker’s £7.5m release-clause as soon as the transfer window re-opens next month.
The Toon have reportedly already resigned themselves to losing the 27-year-old and are trying to secure a speedy deal for Marseille striker Loic Remy as a replacement.
Ba, who has scored 11 Premier League goals in just 16 appearances so far this term, went public with his desire to join the Gunners earlier this week and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is determined to land the prolific forward after missing out on Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke and Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente.
The former West Ham striker, who joined the Magpies on a free transfer from Upton Park in summer 2011, has proven to be one of Alan Pardew’s finest signings in the North East but has become disillusioned with the club’s lowly league position this term.
Ba has also expressed his annoyance at being played out of position on the wing by Pardew, who is reluctant to employ two centre-forwards, particularly away from home.
Arsenal have been tracking Ba for some time and Wenger believes the forward represents good value for money, despite concerns about a long-standing knee injury.
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