Stamford Bridge side edge close to sealing deal to capture St James’ Park forward.
It appears that Chelsea are ready to trigger Demba Ba’s £7.5m release clause and are therefore keen to discuss personal terms with the 27 year old forward.
Chelsea are looking to beef up their attacking options and may even more reason to do so as England man Daniel Sturridge is set to join Liverpool early next month having completed a medical with the Merseyside club ahead of a proposed move to Anfield.
Interest in Demba Ba will have increased after Senegal failed to qualify for the African Nations Cup making the former Hoffenheim and West Ham man a more attractive proposition in the January transfer window.
Ba is a proven Premier League goal-scorer having netted seven goals in 12 appearances at Upton Park before West Ham were relegated and 16 goals in his first season on the North-East.
The Magpies forward has scored 13 goals this season and is a player Alan Pardew would be loathed to lose but appears resigned to seeing the in-form striker leave this month.
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