Chelsea’s anticipated summer striker splurge has got the vultures circling over their cast offs, with the Blues expected to banish at least two of their current trio of line-leaders in order to finance a £50m move for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
As a token of appreciating for keeping them in the Champions League, third-choice hitman Demba Ba has been told by Jose Mourinho that he can leave and he will be hawked around a host of potential suitors this summer.
The Chronicle reports that former employers Newcastle are one of the clubs the west Londoners are hoping will take him off their hands.
It’s no secret that the Magpies require a fresh frontman in the summer with chief goal-getting force Loic Remy unlikely to make his Tyneside loan switch permanent.
Papiss Cisse will be commencing the coming campaign on the injured list, while Shola Ameobi’s contract has but a few months until expiry.
Former Toon hero Ba would be a logical and cost-effective solution to their quandary, with Chelsea looking only to recoup the £7m they paid for the Senegalese star during the January transfer window of 2012/13 for a transfer fee.
Such a reasonable price for a proven Premier League striker must appeal to Everton too, who are also set to be shorn of their own rented goal machine in the summer.
Blues-owned forward Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to remain at Goodison Park given the massive £25m Mourinho’s men will command for the Belgian’s services, but Ba exemplifies many of the same qualities as his more expensive colleague.
He flourishes as the solo focal point of the team, scoring 14 goals in a little over three months during his first season at Newcastle.
This electrifying rate was reduced upon Cisse’s winter window arrival, but once he was reinstated as main marksman the following term he went on another prolific spell, bagging 14 league goals in half a season to earn his Chelsea switch.
Everton employ the sort of system that extracts the brilliance from Ba, who also has the physicality and possession capability to carry out the link up play responsibilities Lukaku does with aplomb for Roberto Martinez’s side.
Following their devastating defeat to Southampton last time out, the Toffees can be backed at 8/1 to snare a top-four finish.