Demba Ba: Top 6 Likely Destinations for the Newcastle Star in Summer 2012
Demba Ba is hot property right now in the English Premier League and there has been lots of rumours about him leaving the club during this window and possibly the summer.
Ba has recently put all speculation of a January move to rest and is currently focused on his African Cup of Nations duty with Senegal.
A summer window exit is a very good possibility, especially if the Senegalese striker keeps up his fantastic scoring form.
It is more than likely that Demba Ba would stay in the Premier League if he moves, which is why the clubs on this are mainly English ones.
Here are the top likely destinations for Demba Ba during the summer of 2012.
PSG has been linked with a lot of top talent since the summer, and the club has certainly brought in a fair share of good players.
They may have the edge when it comes to getting Demba Ba. According to Mirrorfootball.com, Ba recently expressed how tempting a move to PSG would be.
"I have always supported PSG and it's a club that is enticing but it will be difficult to do that in January."
Speculation about a possible move for the Newcastle striker increased substantially when Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp supposedly revealed the low price of the release clause.
Tottenham find themselves in a great position in the table thanks to a lot of offensive contribution from their loan signing, Emmanuel Adebayor. Unfortunately for the North London club, it is unlikely that they will be able to sign the Togo striker permanently because of his high wage demands.
Demba Ba would provide a cheaper option on both accounts and if his performances so far are anything to go by, it would be quite a coup.
Liverpool are in need of another striker in the squad and have recently been linked with the player. The prospect of Demba Ba teaming up with Luis Suarez next year should be a very enticing one for Liverpool fans.
While there are a number of possible targets for the club, if Liverpool cannot sign anybody in January, then one of their best options may be the in-form Newcastle man.
If Liverpool can beat out Newcastle for a European spot by the end of the season, then that will make them a more intriguing option for the Senegalese forward.
Arsenal is another club that is in need of reinforcement in the forward line. Maroune Chamakh will most likely be out the door by summer, as well as other forward options like Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela.
Arsene Wenger has not given much time to Korean player Chu-Young Park and that is not a good sign. Arsenal has been linked with the forward and could do with a player to help ease Robin Van Persie's load, if he does stay.
They do have other options like Lukas Podolski to look toward, but Demba Ba may just grab their full attention in the remainder of the season.
That does not mean that something cannot happen this summer, though. Manchester United have a pretty good strikeforce already, but of the five—Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Dimitar Berbatov and Federico Macheda—Berbatov and Macheda could very well move on to make space for Ba.
If Manchester United really does come calling, Ba would certainly listen. According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United has expressed interest in the player.
There haven't been any recent rumours linking Demba Ba to Chelsea, but according to Metro, the London club was interested over the summer.
Chelsea does have a new manager, but Andre Villas-Boas may see Demba Ba as a nice addition to the squad who could provide some depth and could finish off the team's moves.