Could £6m Chelsea striker save West Ham's season?

Chelsea striker Demba Ba has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this January.

The 28-year-old Senegal striker has failed to cement his place in the first-team since he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Newcastle this time last year for £7million.

Prior to his 18 months in the North East with the Magpies, Ba had spent 2011 at West Ham where he could be set to make a surprise return this month, according to reports.

The Blues front-man has made just three starts in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho this term, behind Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o in the pecking order in West London.

The striker was reportedly held back by Mourinho from moving on loan to Arsenal on the final day of the summer transfer window following the Gunners signing Mesut Ozil – the Blues boss understandably did not want to improve the North Londoners’ title challenge by sending them a striker.

But, with the Hammers currently embroiled in a survival scrap at the bottom of the table, Mourinho would have no such reasoning to block a move to Upton Park, and there is little doubt Sam Allardyce’s side could use a top striker to help their fight to stay in the top tier.

The Hammers currently sit second-from-bottom in 19th in the Premier League after 20 games played, having acquired just 15 points from a possible 60 so far with huge concerns over the fitness of their forward lines – a long-term injury to summer striker signing Andy Carroll, as well as Ricardo Vaz Te have left Allardyce with few options; only Modibo Maiga and Carlton Cole who, between them, have managed five goals in the league this term.

The Daily Express recently reported that the Hammers have tabled a £6 million offer to re-sign Demba Ba on a permanent transfer rather than a loan move but, either way, Ba is exactly the kind of signing to save West Ham’s season.

In his Premier League career to date he has scored 39 goals in 88 appearances. In his days at St James’ Park - undoubtedly his most fruitful - he scored 29 goals in 54 appearances in just 18 months and his ability to hold the ball up and play as a lone striker, as well as his 6ft2” height and excellent finishing ability, means he could adapt to Allardyce’s system quickly and easily.

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