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After his goalscoring exploits at St James’ Park, Demba Ba’s buyout clause became an open secret in the football world.
With the striker available for a bargain £7 million, it was obvious that sooner rather than later, a club would make a move for Ba. It was Chelsea who eventually took the plunge, as they sought to find a striker to provide competition for the misfiring Fernando Torres.
As much as Newcastle will miss Ba, they are in the fortunate position of already having his replacement at the club. Alan Pardew has struggled all season to find a way of combining the talents of Ba and Papiss Cisse, with each striker preferring to play alone rather than as one of a pair.
Now that Ba has gone, Pardew has the opportunity to play Cisse centrally and, ideally, buy a striker that can play through the middle when needed but is equally happy on the flanks.
Marseille’s Loic Remy would fit the bill and has been linked with a move to the northeast of England by the Daily Mirror.