Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane sides in battle for top notch striker.
CHELSEA and Spurs both want to sign Newcastle’s goalscoring sensation Demba Ba for a bargain £7million in the summer.
Ba, nominated as the best signing of the season by Premier League managers in a recent poll, has become a Tyneside hero with 16 league goals since joining on a free transfer from West Ham.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp infuriated the Newcastle hierarchy by publicly revealing that the 26-year-old Senegalese striker had a £7m escape clause in his contract.
Newcastle United must still be reeling at the manner in which White Hart Lane boss Harry Redknapp opted to reveal the likely transfer clause in Magpies striker Demba Ba’s contract and that may well count against the North London side if indeed the St James’ Park side are forced to accept offers for the Senegal international.
Demba Ba left West Ham on a free last summer after a release clause in his Hammers contract meant he was a free agent if they were relegated and the 26 year old has been in stunning form this term, notching up 16 goals in 25 appearances and that came after the striker’s successful half season at Upton Park where the former Hoffenheim man notched up seven in 12 matches.
Both Chelsea and Tottenham could do with attacking alternatives and a straight race for the hotshot could be won by the side who can secure Champions League football for next term.
Chelsea have struggled for goals this term, at least their strikers have, with Didier Drogba struggling to get into gear and Fernando Torres failing to make an impact. The likes of Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge have notched up goals from wide areas but whomever takes charge of the blues next summer will surely be looking to bring in a prolific marksman.
Tottenham boss Redknapp has offloaded Robbie Keane, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko in the past 18 months and has only brought in Emmanuel Adebayor as a replacement and the Spurs manager will probably be keen to try and land the Man City man on a permanent contract in the summer, but could still do with another striker or two.
Much like Chelsea the White Hart Lane side have had to count on goals from their midfield and wide areas, with Rafael Van der Vaart and Gareth Bale offering much needed goal-scoring support.