Set to switch: Demba Ba is set to sign for Newcastle following West Ham's relegation to the Championship
However, the knee problem which so concerned Stoke did not appear to hamper him as he attempted to keep the Hammers in the Barclays Premier League.Ba would be manager Alan Pardew's second summer signing after French midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and his arrival might go some of the way to easing the disappointment of skipper Kevin Nolan's move to Upton Park.However, it will take further signings to placate fans disgruntled at the club's stance over the likes of Nolan and Joey Barton.
Hammer time: Kevin Nolan has moved in the opposite direction to West Ham after being offered a lengthy deal
Newcastle are also closing in on Swansea full-back Neil Taylor and are actively pursuing a series of other targets with Tranquillo Barnetta, Mevlut Erding and Blaise Matuidi among the men in their sights.But having already told Alan Smith and Nile Ranger that they can leave St James' Park, the Magpies are also ready to listen to offers for Republic of Ireland striker Leon Best.The 24-year-old, a ?1.2million signing from Coventry in February last year, scored a hat-trick in his first Premier League start for the club against West Ham on January 5, but injuries have not helped him establish himself as a genuine option.
Newcastle's fixtures for the 2011-12 Premier League season Barton backtracks and insists Champions League the only reason to leave Newcastle NEWCASTLE FC