Transfer talk: Ba back to Newcastle

Alan Pardew has launched a shock bid to bring Demba Ba back to Newcastle.

The Magpies are keen to seal a season-long loan for the Senegal international striker, just seven months after selling him to Chelsea for £7million after the London club activated a release clause in his contract.
 
The two clubs are in talks over the prolific 28-year-old, who scored 29 goals in 54 games during a successful 18-month spell on Tyneside.
 
Ba has scored six goals in 23 appearances for Chelsea, but has been told he isn’t guaranteed a regular starting role under new manager Jose Mourinho.
 
He will be pushed further down the pecking order if, as expected, the Blues complete the signing of Anzhi Makhachkala forward Samuel Eto’o.
 
Newcastle could face competition from Qatar side Al-Jaish in their bid to team Ba up with Senegal team-mate Papiss Cisse for a second time.
 
The striker’s £70,000-a-week wages are likely to be the major stumbling block, but Pardew is desperate to bring in additional firepower before Monday night’s transfer deadline.
 
Newcastle’s only summer signing is striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan from QPR - and he has yet to make his debut because of a calf problem.
 
Pardew hasn’t given up hope of resurrecting a £7m move for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, and the clubs have re-opened talks on the drawn-out deal


Elsewhere in north east England Sunderland face a battle with Rennes to sign Toulouse defender Cheikh M'Bengue.
 
Rennes want to sign a new left-back and Paolo Di Canio is also keen on reinforcing that position in his side.
 
M'Bengue's contract expires at the end of this season and he has refused to sign a new deal.
 
That has forced Toulouse to listen to offers for the 25-year-old, who looks set to move this summer.
 
Sunderland have their work cut out though as M'Bengue has spent 17 years with Toulouse and is settled in France.
 
The opportunity to continue his career there is a big draw for him and Rennes believe they hold the upper hand.
 
M'Bengue played for France Under-21s before switching allegiance to Senegal.

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