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Chelsea Turn to Newcastle United Striker as Blues Refuse to Stump Up £38m for Hulk

Stamford Bridge side switch attention to St James’ Park hit-man.

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Chelsea are ready to drop all interest in Porto striker Hulk, as they refuse to become involved in a bidding war for the Brazilian.

The Blues have been working on a deal to sign the striker, who is seen as the perfect replacement for Didier Drogba, but are now set to look elsewhere as they struggle to agree a fee with the Portuguese club.

Chelsea were willing to pay over £30million for the striker but Porto are holding out for £38million, while reports now claim that Paris St Germain are ready to spend big to clinch a deal.

Chief executive Ron Gourlay has already said that Chelsea will not get sucked into a bidding war for any player and Roberto Di Matteo will now look elsewhere for a new striker.

Malaga attacker Salomon Rondon is also on Di Matteo’s list of possible targets, while he could also look closer to home and move for Newcastle’s Demba Ba.

SOURCE: Setanta

Though Brazilian striker Hulk has stated publicly his hope of moving to Stamford Bridge it seems that Roman Abramovich is not willing to meet FC Porto’s £38m valuation and unless the Portuguese champions relent it appears likely that the big forward will head to big spending Ligue 1 side PSG, who are of course managed by former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Therefore a move to snap up Newcastle United striker Demba Ba is a wise one. Indeed given that the Senegal international is supposedly available ‘on the cheap’ because of a release clause he is said to have, a move for the proven Premier League goalscorer could prove a more sensible one anyway.

The former West Ham man netted 16 goals last term and with reports that Newcastle United are plotting a move for Dutch international Luuk De Jong it may well be that Alan Pardew is resigned to losing Ba and therefore make a move to bring the forward to West London all the more easy to complete.

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