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