Could West Bromwich Albion be closing in on a striker who scored 27 goals last season?
The 30-year-old has reportedly been offered a comparable deal to sign for Shanghai Shenhua, with an alleged weekly wage of £60,000 - £70,000, but the tax rate in China means Ba is set to take home more if he moves there.
The Senegal front-man had an amazing campaign in Turkey, scoring 27 goals in 44 matches last season. But it seems West Brom want to sign a player who has previously enjoyed spells at West Ham United, Chelsea and Newcastle United.
If Ba can continue his current form he would be a wonderful addition to Tony Pulis’s squad and could be a far more effective option than West Brom’s last £10million signing – Brown Ideye.
That said, Ba was not always prolific during his previous spell in England and it could still be a risk for a side that are unlikely to recoup close to that fee if Ideye moves on this summer.
That said, West Brom need quality strikers if Pulis wants to guide them up the table next season and at 30 Ba still has a few years left in him yet, and perhaps a point to prove, too.