Chelsea have joined the race to sign Newcastle forward Demba Ba after it was revealed his release clause at Newcastle is rumoured to be just £5m.
The Senegalese hit-man joined St James’ Park from West Ham for free in the summer but was adamant to have a stipulation in his contract that allows him to leave for another club for a set price.
That price was first thought to be £10m but recent revelations from Tottenham manager Redknapp have suggested that it is closer to £5m.
Redknapp, who is also very interested in the striker along with Sunderland and Everton, revealed the news that Ba’s release clause is far less than the £10m first thought and this has apparently caught the attention of Chelsea.
Andre Villas Boas is on the hunt for a striker to replace Didier Drogba, who could leave Chelsea either in January or on a free when his contract expires at the end of the season. Ba is certainly in the same mould of Drogba physically, and this season has showed form that has been on a par to when the Chelsea front-man was at his unplayable best.
The imposing front-man has been a catalyst in a Newcastle side that have exceeded expectations this season, scoring 15 goals in 19 Premier League matches.
This form has triggered interest from rival Premier League clubs, which has only been intensified with the release cause that could allow him to leave for a fraction of his real value.
The surroundings at Chelsea, which include Champions League football – which he would be eligible for this season, are an attractive option for the striker, who is rumoured to prefer a move to west-London rather than to Spurs where he would be second choice behind Emmanuel Adebayor.