Stamford Bridge side announce signing of St James’ Park marksman.
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Demba Ba for an undisclosed fee.
The Senegal international moves to Stamford Bridge following an 18-month spell with Newcastle United, and has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues.
He will be eligible for selection for tomorrow’s FA Cup match at Southampton, and the Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea, but cannot play for us in the Europa League this season having appeared in the competition for Newcastle. He will wear the no. 29 shirt.
‘It feels good to be here, I’m very happy and very proud,’ Ba says.
‘It was important for me, and for Newcastle, to get my future sorted and now we can move on. Now they have the whole month to buy someone and for me as well, the sooner the better. Now I am here I just need to get settled in.
‘When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy. This club is massive and that’s something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one.’
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Chelsea were looking to bring in some added firepower and have now completed a deal to bring in a proven Premier League goal-scorer who may well be the ideal man for the job.
The Stamford Bridge side are too heavily reliant on Fernando Torres, who has been patchy for periods of the current campaign, and with Daniel Sturridge completing his move to Liverpool there was even more of a need to bring in a new striker signing.
Demba Ba seemed very keen to use Newcastle United as a stepping stone much as he did with West Ham previously and now the powerful forward gets to ply his trade with one of Europe’s ‘Elite’ and will hope that he can help the Blues to secure major honours and perhaps a first taste of Champions League football next term.
Ba netted seven goals in 12 with West Ham before he left on a free transfer due to a release clause that was triggered when the Hammers were relegated. The French born forward then scored 16 goals in his first season at Newcastle United and has managed 13 goals already this season.
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