Should Newcastle resign Chelsea's Demba Ba?

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The African forward is seemingly available, while the Blues need a new centre forward.

Newcastle’s demise in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign suggests that Alan Pardew’s men have major work to do in the transfer market this summer.

Although a creative midfielder to fill the void left by Yohan Cabaye will likely be the Tyneside club’s priority, the side are in need of a proven goalscorer this summer after the culmination of Loic Remy’s loan spell.

Newcastle have a rich history of top-drawer number nines, with the latest in the long line being Demba Ba.

The Senegalese forward was a sensation at St James’ Park before moving to Chelsea, with the Toon not looking as dangerous a side in the final third since his sale.

With things not quite going to plan for the African marksman in west London, there is every chance that Ba will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.

As such, Newcastle looking to bring Ba back to the North East would be a very sensible move.

Despite a lack of opportunities to play in 2013-14, Ba showed when given the chance that he still has a lethal streak in front of goal.

Given that he is available, knows the Tyneside club well and has all the attributes to deliver for Newcastle, Pardew should look to resign Ba.

The possibility that he could get the best from compatriot Papiss Cisse would also be an added bonus.

There will be a degree of ill-feeling between Newcastle and the striker due to him jumping ship to sign for Chelsea, but with the potential opportunity to play in the Champions League and fight for silverware, this can be understood to some degree.

With Ba desperate to play regularly and Newcastle in need of a hitman, a reunion seems like a match made in heaven.

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