He said: “Demba Ba is in the middle of the issue, his future is not clear yet. Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua offered 14 million euros. This is true. Talks are continuing.”
This confirmation from Besiktas that they have received an offer for Ba, and are in talks concerning the deal, implies that the Turkish outfit are willing to sell the former Chelsea striker.
Ba, 30, only moved to the Turkish club last summer, but after 27 goals in 44 games he is said to be keen on a move away, and the offer from Shanghai is just one of many potential transfer destinations.
There are three Premier League clubs who are believed to be keen on signing him, with the Sun claiming interest from West Ham, the Times interest from West Brom, and Eurosport suggesting Alan Pardew wants to reunite with his former striker at Crystal Palace.
Having yet to accept the £10 million offer, Besiktas are surely looking to receive a higher fee for Ba, although there are no hints as to the asking price they have put on his head.
Should any of the three Premier League clubs wish to formalise their interest and make a concrete approach for Ba, paying more than £10 million would be an unwise move due to his age and long-standing injury problems, and they would do well to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements this summer.