Report: West Ham face Middle East competition in battle for reported target Demba Ba

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Slaven Bilic's reported desire to bring former Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba back to the club could come to nothing, amid interest from Al Ahli.

Slaven Bilic may face a battle to bring reported target Demba Ba to West Ham United this summer amid reports linking the Senegal international with a move to the Middle East.

The Sun reported earlier this week that the newly-appointed Hammers boss was weighing up a summer move for the 30-year-old, who was previously with the club prior to their relegation from the Premier League under Avram Grant.

But West Ham could yet face stiff competition in their pursuit of Ba, who previously excelled for both Newcastle United and more recently Chelsea in the English top-flight.

According to a report from Turkish news site Fotomac, the striker is also the subject of interest from Al Ahli.

They claim that the Middle East outfit are willing to pay €10 million to prise Ba away from Besiktas, while the Senegalese forward is also likely to receive a bumper contract from the club.

That news could put a spanner in the works of any potential bid made by West Ham and leaves Bilic with a potentially tricky decision.

He must now choose between pursuing a potentially big-money move for Ba, or looking to a less expensive alternative.

Bilic may well be hoping his pre-existing relationship with the forward, whom he coached at Besiktas, will help convince the forward to choose West Ham.

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