Newcastle United Transfers: 5 Possible Replacements for Demba Ba

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Newcastle United Transfers: 5 Possible Replacements for Demba Ba
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Newcastle United look set to lose their top goal scorer this season with Demba Ba poised to move to Chelsea on a permanent deal, meaning manager Alan Pardew will have to be eyeing up replacements already.

The Magpies knew going into the transfer window that they could lose the Senegalese striker at a moment's notice due to the £7 million release clause in his contract, and Ba is now expected to wrap up the move in short time.

Boss Pardew told the BBC website that he was not disappointed to see Ba leave:

I don't think he will be coming back; I think the deal will get done. He will go to Chelsea with our blessing. He has done fantastically for us. It's a big club—good luck to him. For us, it's not a bad thing because of all the uncertainty of whether he was going to stay is now done.

Newcastle will move on, then, but replacing the joint-third top scorer of the Premier League will not be an easy feat for Pardew, with Newcastle struggling badly in the league.

The Magpies have lost eight of their last 10 league matches and are now just two points above the relegation zone, despite the 13 strikes of Ba.

Fellow forwards Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse have only mustered five league goals between them so far, with Cisse netting his fourth of the campaign against Everton on Wednesday.

Newcastle look set to bring in French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Lille in the next few days, but it is the striker vacancy that will occupy the thoughts of the club over the remainder of the transfer window.

Here are five forwards who the Magpies might look to in replacing Demba Ba.

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