West Ham are plotting to bring Demba Ba back to Upton Park but are waiting to trim their wage bill before making an approach for the Chelsea forward.
The Hammers have already signed Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing from Liverpool and hope add the Senegalese international to their list of signings.
Ba played for West Ham during the 2010-11 Premier League season, featuring in 13 games and scoring 7 goals for the East London club. He then moved to Newcastle United, where he stayed for two-and-a-half years before moving to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues had to make him an emergency purchase for the winter transfer window as Fernando Torres was on the only forward at the club with Romelu Lukaku out on loan and Daniel Sturridge leaving for Liverpool, but it didn’t work out as well as hoped and Ba only managed six goals in his 22 appearances which was 7 less than he scored for the Magpies last season over the same amount of matches.
It’s difficult to see where he’s going to fit in Jose Mourinho’s plans this season as Torres will probably remain as our first choice but Lukaku could be given an early chance to prove himself as the Spaniard is still getting match sharpness back following his extended leave this summer due to participation in the Confederations Cup.
At best Ba is looking as though he’s a third option, if Mourinho signs another forward he could well be fourth and likely to go in January if he isn’t going this summer. In short, I can’t see the 27-year-old having a long-term future at the club, especially as Lukaku’s development takes priority.
There has been a few rumours going around that Chelsea have been offering Ba around and although there are a few interested parties they’re concerned over the shape of his knees. West Ham could prove to be the best option for him if we’re keen to move his £90,000-a-week wage off the books.