Newcastle are looking to add serious power to their strikeforce ahead of the transfer deadline in the shape of Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis and Demba Ba.
Sky Sports claims Alan Pardew is looking to add both forwards to a squad that has yet to score a Premier League goal so far this season.
Sky sources: Newcastle re-open talks with Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 28, 2013
Sky sources: Newcastle interested in re-signing Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 28, 2013
The capture of Ba from Chelsea would see the Senegalese forward return to St James' Park, where he enjoyed a prolific first spell in English football.
Ba scored 16 goals in 36 appearances during his maiden season with Newcastle, and then added 13 in 22 during his second campaign.
A move to Chelsea followed but he has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular and has made only one appearance for the Blues so far during the 2013/14 campaign.
Ba was among three Chelsea forwards, along with Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku, overlooked for Monday’s draw at Old Trafford, and Pardew is ready to offer him an escape route.
Newcastle may face competition from Roma, though, as the Italians assess their options should Erik Lamela complete a reported £30 million switch to Tottenham.
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The Gomis deal is also back on amid renewed belief that the Magpies can find an agreement with the player’s advisors.
A fee in the region of £8 million had been agreed with Lyon but Gomis initially pulled out of the move. However, it is reported by Sky Tyne and Wear that he may be willing to ease his demands.
Pardew’s only notable capture of the window to date is the loan of Loic Remy from QPR, although he has been struggling with a calf problem.
Newcastle are determined to significantly bolster their firepower ahead of Sept. 2 and Pardew has now made it clear he wants to add Ba and Gomis to Remy and Papiss Cisse.