Report: Aston Villa to offer shock Premier League return to Demba Ba

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Aston Villa are reportedly trying to bring ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba back to England.

According to the Daily Mirror, Aston Villa have made a bid to sign Besiktas striker Demba Ba - just six months after he left Chelsea.

The Senegal international, 29, found himself well down the pecking order at Chelsea in the summer, and completed a surprise €6m to Turkey.

With 18 goals in 23 games for Besiktas, it's fair to say that Ba has been a roaring success for Slaven Bilic's side - but his exploits have attracted interest from Premier League clubs.

The Mirror suggest that Villa, along with Hull City and West Bromwich Albion, are looking to bring Ba back to the Premier League already.

The former Newcastle and West Ham United hotshot would provide an attacking spark for a Villa side who have struggled immensely in front of goal this season.

With just 11 goals in 22 Premier League games, Paul Lambert is under pressure at Villa Park, and desperately needs somebody to come in and find the back of the net on a regular basis.

Ba would certainly provide that, and he'd be something of a coup for Villa considering his superb record with virtually ever club he's played for in recent years.

However, Besiktas are under no pressure to sell, and it may take a big bid - and high wages - to tempt them into a sale this month.

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