West Brom Transfer News: Baggies Lose Ba Battle

Ex-Newcastle and Chelsea forward opts for China switch...

Demba Ba has rejected the chance to return to the Premier League and opted for a move to China, according to Sky Sports. West Brom were willing to make Ba their highest paid player but it appears he will instead follow in the footsteps of Drogba and Anelka with a move to Shanghai. The Ex-Chelsea and Newcastle striker was one of Tony Pulis' top summer targets but will join Tim Cahill and Mali international Mohamed Sissoko at Shanghai Shenhua. The deal was reportedly a record for the Chinese Super League and believed to be in the region of £11 million. The Senegal international, who reportedly signed a three-year deal at the Chinese club, enjoyed past spells in England with West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea before a move to Turkish giants Besiktas where he scored 27 goals in 44 appearances. Having already signed James McClean the Baggies were keen to add Ba to their line-up as Pulis rebuilds his squad after narrowly avoiding relegation last season. Pulis is a known admirer of the 30-year-old striker and had previously tried to sign him while at Stoke City and Ba's decision to turn down a move to the Hawthorns will no doubt be a disappointment to Baggies fans.
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