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BA set for Magpies talks
Published : 16 Jun 2011 10:30:08
Newcastle hope to push through a move for West ham striker Demba Ba within the next 24 hours.
Press Association Sport understands the 26-year-old Senegal international was due on Tyneside on Thursday, with the Magpies hoping to get their hands on a man upon whom they set their sights several weeks ago.
Former Hoffenheim frontman Ba, who is understood to have a release clause in the contract he signed with the Hammers in January, scored seven goals in 13 appearances for the Londoners last season, but could not prevent them slipping out of the Barclays Premier League.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew put at least one striker at the top of his summer shopping list when he sat down to consider what was required at the end of last season, with Andy Carroll yet to be replaced.
Ba joined the Hammers after failing a medical at Stoke because of a knee problem, and it remains to be seen whether or not he can persuade Newcastle's doctors that his troubles are behind him.
His form during the closing months of last season suggested that is the case, but the Magpies will carry out stringent checks before putting pen to paper.
Pardew will hope the proposed capture of Ba will help to persuade supporters of the club's abiding ambition as he closes in on a series of other targets in addition to France international Yohan Cabaye.
Their pursuit of Swansea full-back Neil Taylor is also at an advanced stage, while Pardew has interests in Bayer Leverkusen's Tranquillo Barnetta and St Etienne's Blaise Matuidi, although they are among a number of players under consideration.