Demba Ba To Leave Chelsea This Summer – Newcastle Interested?


News today in the Mirror that Demba Ba’s Chelsea career could be over, as Jose Mourinho gets ready for his second stint managing the London club.

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This is what happened when Demba Ba returned to Newcastle

We had reported last week that a Chelsea Blog had thought that with Mourinho becoming the new manager, Demba Ba would be allowed to leave this summer, and the blog had suggested he could even make a “sensational” return to Newcastle – that would be some story.

And Ba has not severed ties with Newcastle, a club he still admires, and he’s still a favorite with the Newcastle fans.

Before the game against QPR last mont,h Demba Ba visited with the Newcastle team, and seemed pleased to get himself re-acquainted with the Newcastle players and the coaching staff, where he was a big favorite.

There’s no doubt Demba Ba enjoyed his short stay on Tyneside, scoring 29 goals in 58 appearances for the Magpies, and he was great in a black and white shirt – no doubt about that.

The news is that Mourinho is after strikers, and will sell Fernando Torres if they can attract world-class strikers to Chelsea – and Demba Ba is very likely to leave this summer.

This will be more good news for his agents, who are always willing to make big bucks off their client, and if he moves it will be Demba Ba’s fourth move in two and a half years and they have made big money off the Senegal striker.

Ba has played for 1899 Hoffenheim, West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea since January of 2011.

Chelsea will also ­listen to offers for Ba, after he signed for just £7M from Newcastle in January, due to that release clause, and there will be a lot of interest in him from England clubs and the continent.

Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain would be interested, but we think there is very little chance that he would return to Newcastle, because he could get a much bigger wage elsewhere and would probably want European football.

It would be a good story – a great story – if we could get him back on Tyneside, but it’s not going to happen, and he never played well with Papiss Cisse either.

For he record Demba Ba scored six goals in 22 appearances for Chelsea.

What do you think?

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305 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Really depressing being linked to all these former toon strikers.

    Looks like its going to be one stale summer of transfers for us

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    I would not have him. He is a RAT

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  • spitfire_

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    NO! If the pr!cks who rule club still have some dignity he should not come back.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Are we seriously that hard up for transfer targets that we’re just going to sign players who used to play for us?

    Well I guess under this current regime that this lack of ambition and scraping the bottom of the barrel will be the norm.

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  • mattnufc

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #5

    A rat for going to a better club for more money? If he wasn’t born in Newcastle, any footballer would do the same.

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  • Greebol1892

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    yes, along with Carroll, let’s get him and we can play Andy Carroll and the no.23 up front in the middle as part of a 4-2-2-2 with Ba and Cisse out wide.

    And why not try and buy back Lovenkrands and Best as well. And Kuqi and Xisco, and Ranger…….

    We should be moving FORWARDS and looking ahead…. why go backwards?!??????? Unless you’re Peter Beardsley of course.

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  • roe997

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #7

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  • Belfast

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    I would take him back no problem, but it will never happen. He’ll have better offers than us sadly.

    And any one of our so called top players would all f*** off to Chelsea if they had the chance. So you can hardly blame him for leaving.

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  • magicbus

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    We can`t afford him simple as

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #10

    mourinho or pardew hmmm…..

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  • Belfast

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Can’t really see him being to keen on leaving Chelsea to be honest. Think Torres will leave if anybody does.

    Actually fancy Chelsea for the title next season.

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  • Sav

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Agree with mattnufc, although I doubt we’ll match his Chelski wage packet.
    For me, the only mercenaries are the ones who come, get paid and don’t put in the effort in training or on the pitch. Ba always gave his best.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #13

    He’s on a contract meaning a guaranteed 70/80 K or what ever it is he doesn’t have to go anywhere and he won’t unless they match that wage.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    I liked Ba alot cracking player imo but he shouldn’t come back unless Cisse is pushing for a move, didn’t work well enough together and we aren’t a big enough club to have one of them happy on the bench

    We need some quality to come through though I doubt it will be established players, relatively unknown lads who are excelling in poor teams but not catching the eye.

    I doubt there will be much from France or Holland tbh I am expecting Beligum to be our main scouting…if we are really after some solid investment

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  • toon kk

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #15

    The thing is we desperately need a top striker, Ba would never come back. Why would he? Just hope we get some quality in. But I think it will be another dog fight for us at the wrong end of the table next season. How can it change with a penny pinching owner and a poor manager who relies on luck.?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Have we been linked with gervinho

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  • Newcastle for alltid

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    I wonder why it’s automatically assumed that he’d be likely to join us if Chelsea were to sell him. Clubs with more money would come in. Especially Russian and Turkish teams would be on alert and able to offer him wages more on par with what he earns in Chelsea.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m thinking we won’t see too many bodies through the door. I reckon we’ll only see 3 players signed.

    This wouldn’t be an unmitigated disaster as long as we sign them for in the right positions.

    If we signed 2 wingers and another striker I think we’d be in a decent position going forward as long as these players were proper first team players and not development players.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    WW…,
    Bang on there pal we weren’t even big enough to have the 3M Leon Best wasted on the bench.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #20

    If we can keep all of our best players I think we only need to sign 3 players.

    Defender
    Winger
    Forward

    Anybody Disagree

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  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #21

    i would say 4, a winger a striker a cb and a further striker/winger

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #22

    If we keep all our best players, why would we be in need of another defender?

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  • Norlinsen

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #23

    What do you guys think about the u21 Norwegian team? Anyone we should be looking at?

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #24

    I think we need another right back, with Raylor injured and Simpson on his way.
    I would like to see two strikers in and more competition on the left hand side of midfield. Of course I’m assuming none of our top players leave.
    Out; Simpson, Shola, Obertan.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #25

    I disagree. I think we need to keep our best players and sign at least 6 first team players. If Coloccini stays we need 1 CB, 1 winger, 1 attacking midfielder and 2/3 strikers. We only have Cisse up front which isn’t enough.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #26

    We’ll have Anita, Santon, Debuchy and Haidara who can play at full-back. I don’t think we need to strengthen there. We definitely need more attacking options. We can’t expect to change games bringing Ameobi on. We need players like Remy, Bony, Benteke, Siem De Jong etc.

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  • HullMag6

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #27

    On the what if cisse went. Ba and AC upfront -why not both good on ground and hoofball coupled to an attacking midfield it would work and defenders would pap themselves faced with them 2.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #28

    I agree at a minimum we need a striker,winger and CB provided nobody significant leaves.

    Top 3 striker choices:

    1.Hernandez
    2. Doumbia
    3. Remy

    Top 3 Winger choices:

    1. Mertens
    2. Sinclair
    3. Marin

    Top 3 Centre back choices

    1. Alderwireld
    2. Sakho
    3. Semih Kaya

    Then clear out the dead wood and bring in some youngsters. Kerim Frei from Fulham would be a good choice.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #29

    What ever happens in regards to signings I won’t be getting wound up if nobody comes in like I did last summer,I simply will stop spending my money on the club.

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  • sparky55

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #30

    No way he’s coming back here…we were a stepping stone and he’s moved on never to return…he’s already tasted the owners ambition at Newcastle and it’s no where near high enough for the likes of players as good as Ba.

    It was nice having him…no we move onwards and backwards depending on the mood of Ashley.

    Carroll on his way to provide for Cisse…4-4-2 formation unfortunately which means we get overrun in midfield every game we play just like last year…Can’t wait!

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  • Newcastle for alltid

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Norlinsen

    Being from Norway myself I know most of these players fairly well. They play very well together as a team, each playing their part. As individuals not too many of them would make the grade at Newcastle at the moment.

    The best of them right now are probably the ones that we had on the bench who played the senior game against Albania on Friday; Haavard Nordtveit who is a good prospect in DM for Monchengladbach. King, who is injured a lot – didn’t make the grade at Man utd but very good on a good day. Henriksen, who has been instrumental in a poor season for AZ Alkmaar. And also Valon Berisha who has had a good season at Red Bull Salzburg. Nordtveit would all-in-all be the player most ready for the EPL IMO, in an anchor role.

    As for the ones that were on the field I think our defenders – Semb Berge, Strandberg and Rogne – are fairly good. Rogne is in the out in the cold in Celtic it seems. As for the other two, Strandberg is a leader, and a player that could be very good in the future.

    In the center of midfield we have some good passers of the ball – Eikrem, Johansen, Singh and Konradsen. They are, however, not yet complete players and would struggle in the EPL. But with some good coaching, I could see Eikrem and Johansen develop well.

    But the one with the most potential would be the LW Jo Inge Berget. We have been linked with him before, and he’s got a lot of smartness in the box. He tried to make the grade in Udinese, but was too young back then. I believe that he could be a decent aquisition for the right amount of money.

    In the very end it’s hard to say. A lot of the players have tried their luck abroad, but failed. I think it’s due to the fact that they’ve left too early. They do well in the Norwegian Premiership and U21-football, but would need a lot of coaching and time to be Newcastle players. None of them has got a distinct, individual X-factor. If we were to get some of them for a low amount, I would have to say go for either Nordtveit, Berget, Eikrem or Strandberg.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Kets, interesting as always.

    We don’t need another CB if we keep Colo, but we could be doing with another RB, but Tav could be ready to be backup next season.

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  • sparky55

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Big Papa Cisse…why on earth would any of the players on your list come to newcastle???…they’re all proven quality players who’s next move is a very important one for their careers…what have we got offer players of their quality???

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  • potski

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Why an extra CB? We got an extra one in January, no-one left when MYM came in.

    Unfortunately we never got to see a Colo/MYM partnership, because Colo was playing fine with Taylor when MYM arrived. He got games in Europe but didn’t start in PL until Colo injured his back. When Colo returned MYM was pushed out to LB to cover the problems there.

    I think they could be awesome together, with Debuchy and Santon alongside them. This is one area where the owner can rightly point out they brought signings forward that would otherwise have taken place now. I for one am looking forward to seeing our “new” backline in operation (assuming Colo stays).

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #35

    @ sparky

    Tell that to Cabaye,Sissoko,M’biwa,Debuchy & Cisse. All internationals and very talented.

    I wouldn’t say the likes of Remy or Mertens were definite no’s . You never know until you put an offer on the table.

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  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Worry not ye pessimists.

    We’ll be bringing in some top-drawer players and they’ll be in in time to start pre-season training with their new teammates before joining them for a few friendlies in Portugal and Spain!

    Just have faith in Derek L, he’s got everything organised for a successful start to the new season.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #37

    I still think we need another CB. Streete is probably another couple of seasons away from the first team so that leaves us with M’biwa,Collo,Taylor and Willo .

    Both Taylor & Collo are injury prone and Williamson doesn’t deserve to be in our strting 11. Perch can play there but he is a bit lightweight.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Sparky

    As deflated as some might be about the way the football club is being run on and off the pitch let’s not exaggerate.

    We’re a massive club in one of the best leagues in the world. We have a massive passionate fanbase and a huge stadium packed week in week out.

    We offer “competitive” wages, more than most of those players will be making in other leagues, especially in Holland, France and Belgium.

    A team full of international stars to play alongside.

    I would say we can offer a great deal to a lot of players.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #39

    BPC

    Willo as a 4th choice CB is a decent shout. We don’t need 5 CBs, especially given that Perch can play there.

    The urgent priority is wingers and strikers, not defenders.

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  • sparky55

    Jun 9, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #40

    BPC..I admire your optimism but IMO our stock isn’t trading that high at the minute.

    granted if we sacked Pardew we might have a chance but with dufus at the helm and they way he had us playing last year, we’d have next to no chance of attracting players like that…mebees sinclair but the rest will have better offers from better placed teams with more progressive managers for sure.

    Pardew is the cancerous ingredient..he has to go before we attract good players again

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