Ba close to completing Besiktas move

Chelsea striker Demba Ba is close to completing a move to Turkish club Besiktas.

The 29-year-old has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular since being signed from Newcastle for £7m in January last year.

He did make a notable contribution towards the end of last season, scoring five goals in eight matches; a brace against rivals Tottenham, winners against Paris St-Germain and Swansea, and the opener in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory at Liverpool.

Nevertheless, he has been widely expected to move on this summer, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho keen to add top-class forwards to his squad.

Newcastle were tipped to try to re-sign him, as were another of Ba’s former clubs, West Ham, but the Senegal international looks set to leave the Premier League after a three-and-a-half-year spell in England.

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