Striker swaps St James’ Park for Stamford Bridge, in £7.5m deal.
Newcastle striker Demba Ba has agreed to join Chelsea on a three-and-a-half-year contract, Sky Sports sources understand.
The Senegal international is undergoing a medical with Rafa Benitez’s side after a release clause was triggered in his Newcastle contract once Chelsea offered £7million for him.
Ba was left out of the Magpies’ squad for their 2-1 home defeat to Everton on Wednesday, with manager Alan Pardew admitting afterwards that he was on his way to Stamford Bridge.
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Barring a medical mishap – not out the question, given his reportedly dodgy knees – Demba Ba is Chelsea bound.
A three-and-a-half year deal seems reasonable, bringing the Senegal international into 30s, at which point he will no doubt fall victim to Roman Abramovich’s absurd over 30s policy.
Ba is a proven Premier League marksman and always looked likely to use Newcastle as a stepping stone, much as he did with West Ham. Now the speedy forward gets to ply his trade with one of Europe’s ‘Elite’ and will hope that he can help the Blues to secure major honours, whilst gaining a first taste of Champions League football next term.
Ba netted seven goals in 12 with West Ham before he left on a free transfer due, a clause that was triggered when the Hammers were relegated. The French born forward then scored 16 goals in his first season at Newcastle United and has managed 13 goals already this term.
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