Chelsea forward Demba Ba looks like he could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, but in a move that will disappoint West Ham United and Newcastle United, it appears that Russian side Anzhi are his most likely destination, with bwin offering odds of 2/1 that he joins the club’s ever-growing list of household names.
Ever since Jose Mourinho took up the reins at Stamford Bridge for a second time last month, there has been a question mark over the future of Ba, who only signed for the club in a £7 million deal from Newcastle in January under interim manager Rafa Benitez.
But Ba scored just six goals, only two of them in the Premier League, and with Chelsea vigorously pursuing notable forward targets, most obviously Edinson Cavani of Napoli, it would appear that the Senegalese international could be surplus to requirements.
And it had appeared that Ba’s two former clubs, Newcastle and West Ham, were set to battle it out for his signature – in fact, West Ham are still just 3/1 to pair the man who hit seven goals in 12 games for the club in 2011 with their new £17 million signing Andy Carroll.
But after news came through last night that Ba is in advanced talks with Anzhi, the Russian champions managed by former Chelsea boss Guss Hiddink and who boast former Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o in their ranks, bwin have made Ba a 2/1 shot to move to the big-spending outfit.
Newcastle, where Ba scored 29 league goals in 54 games, are 11/1 to re-sign their man, the same price as Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite all the speculation, Ba is still odds-on at 3/5 to still be playing for Chelsea after the end of the summer transfer window, and he is 14/1 and bigger to sign for other clubs.