The former Chelsea striker has moved to China instead of joining the Baggies.
Let’s get the bad pun out of the way early: West Brom’s striker pursuit so far has just been Demba Banter.
Indeed, former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has been confirmed as a Shanghai Shenhua signing – despite being wanted by the Premier League’s Baggies.
The Daily Mail, among others, linked West Brom with a £7 million move for the forward as recently as this weekend. The 30-year-old, however, has ended up choosing China.
Naturally, the accusation leveled at the ex-Chelsea man by many West Brom supporters on Twitter has been one of wanting money over football. Some have been left disappointed by the news of his Shanghai Shenhua move. Others claim to have been expecting it.
One thing’s for sure, though, all isn’t rosy in the transfer market for Tony Pulis. At the back end of last season, the Baggies boss made it clear just how important it was to strengthen his squad. So far, he’s had little luck in his search for a new forward.
Here, then, is how West Brom fans reacted to news of missing out on Ba on Twitter…
Not disappointed to get Ba cause i always knew he wasn’t coming some fans need to realise we are small fry, it’ll never change #wba
— tomwba (@tomwba1982) June 28, 2015
Don’t see why fans are criticising the club over Demba Ba’s decision, £60,000 a week is more than enough for a player of his calibre #wba
— Shaneo (@ShaneoTheBaggie) June 28, 2015
— James Wren (@GrazBaggie) June 28, 2015
As if we were ever going to sign Demba Ba – we’re going to end up with Daryl Murphy and you know it #wba
— Ben Norton (@BenNorton3) June 28, 2015
Gignac turned us down for Tigres in Mexico, Ba turned us down for Shanghai Shenhua in China. Money talks, ladies and gentlemen. #wba
— Baggies Galore (@BaggiesGalore) June 28, 2015
I think Demba Ba looked at #wba‘s contract with a sort of indifference and thought: ‘when you’ve seen one yen you’ve seen them all.’
— bill howell (@billhowell68) June 28, 2015
So, how are we post-Ba everyone? Looking forward to Carlton Cole? #wba
— Dave Worley (@daveworley) June 28, 2015
If we were prepared to pay 10m for Ba then why not put another 3/4m on top and go for Austin quality last season in a poor side. #wba.
— Terry smith (@tezsmithwba78) June 28, 2015
#wba just got signal,how long we giving TP then before he gets fed up of JP & resigns,we was never getting Ba like i said all week,just 1/2
— Stuart Hunt (@huntywbafc) June 28, 2015
Ba-ck to the drawing board #wba
— Edward Mills (@EdMills_89) June 28, 2015