Chelsea striker shown interest from a long-term admirer

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Tony Pulis is believed have rekindled his interest in Chelsea's Demba Ba, in the hope that the striker can fire Crystal Palace up the Premier League to safety.

Crystal Palace are actively seeking to bring in new faces to Selhurst Park, with a striker high on the priority list. The Eagles have only managed to score 13 goals in their first 20 Premier League matches this season - less than anyone else in the division. Despite refinding some decent form under former Stoke City manager Pulis, even the most optimistic supporters will understand the need for fresh blood if Palace are to remain a Premier League side next season. And Palace fans will be excited that their club may now be in the race for Chelsea's Demba Ba.

The Senegalese forward made a huge impression on the Premier League following his move from Hoffenheim in 2011, and quickly showing he was a top quality. Successful spells at West Ham and Newcastle was enough to persuade Chelsea to take the player to Stamford Bridge, but sadly the move to Chelsea hasn't worked out for Ba, who seems to have fallen down the pecking order under Blues manager Jose Mourihno. 

Pulis was the first Premier League manager to take a chance on the Ba, and only a failed medical stopped the player making a £7m move to the Britannia in early 2011. At the time Pulis spoke out of his disappointment, but acknowledged the medical staff found a problem that could become an issue later on in his career. Despite all that, it seems that this hasn't put the Crystal Place manager off from making Ba a target, as he looks to pull off a transfer coup for his new club.

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