Besiktas End Pursuit Of Chelsea Striker

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Turkish giants admit defeat in chase for the signing of Chelsea striker Demba Ba.

Turkish club Besiktas have ended their pursuit of Chelsea striker Demba Ba, with the two clubs unable to agree a fee for the transfer of the Senegalese international, according to reports in the Evening Standard.

Ba joined the Blues from Premier League rivals Newcastle United for £7.5 million in the 2013 January transfer window and, according to the report, the Stamford Bridge side are hoping to recoup the majority of that fee if they are to allow Ba to move on this summer.

With the big money move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa set to go through in the coming days, selling unwanted squad players such as Ba will be necessary if Jose Mourinho is to raise the funds to allow him to strengthen his squad in all of the areas required, with Cesc Fabregas now having sealed a move to the club.

Ba has enjoyed a successful spell in the English Premier League, initially hitting seven goals in a short spell at West Ham United before moving to the North East.

He struck up a fruitful partnership with Papis Cisse at St. James’ Park, hitting twenty nine league goals for the Magpies to persuade Chelsea to come after his services.

Under Mourinho he has struggled to establish himself as a member of the first team and, despite scoring a crucial goal at Liverpool late on in the season, he is set to move on this summer.

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