Newcastle United secured their second major transfer of the summer as they confirmed that Demba Ba signed a three year contract. Ba will wear the number 19 shirt and speaks fluent English after his stint with West Ham.
There was a clause in Ba’s three and a half year contract with West Ham which allowed him to walk away when the hammers were relegated from the Premier League.
Ba almost signed for Stoke before passing a medical at West Ham, and the Frenchman managed to score seven times in ten league starts. His knee is suspect, but hopefully if he can stay fit, he can contribute more than his fair share of goals next season.
Confirmation of a deal for Swansea’s left back Neil Taylor is still to be announced, but strong rumours prevail that a deal will be done. The club could be waiting on Enrique to decide whether he’s going to accept the club’s offer before finalising a deal for Taylor. Tranquillo Barnetta is another name linked with a move to Tyneside, but is nothing more than conjecture at this point.