Report: West Brom confident on Demba Ba signing despite competition

The Besiktas striker appears to be much in demand from clubs all over the world.

West Brom remain in a positive frame of mind regarding their chase of former Chelsea and West Ham forward Demba Ba, according to reports in the Express and Star, even though Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua have released a statement saying talks are ongoing between the player and the Super League outfit.

Tony Pulis is said to have identified the Senegalese forward as one of his chief targets this summer in an attempt to boost the Baggies' attacking ranks, though Ba's former side West Ham have also been rumoured to be following the striker, the Mirror have suggested recently.

The Express and Star quote Shanghai as saying: "Talks with Demba Ba are going well and we are waiting for his final response,” with the publications sources informing them that the Chinese club have already agreed a fee of about £10 million for the 30-year-old.

But West Brom are said to be relying on the fact that Ba is eager to return to the Premier League rather than move to China.

They believe they have a strong chance of convincing him to come back to a division where he scored 50 goals across five seasons, and remain in discussions with the player's representatives.

Ba has just finished a superb season with Besiktas, where he scored 27 goals in 44 games, his highest ever tally in a campaign.

The former Hoffenheim attacker scored 7 goals in 11 games in a short spell with the Hammers at the beginning of his time in England, before moving on to Newcastle and Chelsea.

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