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Signing Demba Ba Was Too Risky Says Stoke City Chairman

Knee injury concerns killed any move to the Britannia Stadium.

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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has no regrets about not signing Demba Ba as the deal was too much of a risk.

The Senegal international seemed ready to join Stoke in a £7million move from Hoffenheim in January, but the deal collapsed after a failed medical.

There were serious concerns from the Stoke medical staff over Ba’s knee injury.

The 25-year-old subsequently joined West Ham on-loan until the summer, scoring three goals in as many appearances.

Ba is now certain to line-up against Stoke this Saturday at Upton Park.

But Coates says his club could not gamble on an injury prone player with such a large sum of money.

“There are no qualms about the decision we made,” Coates told The Sentinel.

“We would have taken the player had he passed the medical. But we were strongly advised by our medical team that it was a risk we could not take.

“You cannot spend large sums of money on a high-risk basis.

We were disappointed, though, because we wanted to sign the player and the eventual decision was nothing to do with his ability.”

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