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Former Chelsea striker joins Shanghai Shenhua

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Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua announced that they have signed former Chelsea and Newcastle United striker Demba Ba from Besiktas.


Ba, 30, left Chelsea for Turkish side Besiktas last summer and went on to score 27 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions.

The striker had been linked with a return to the Premier League, with West Brom mentioned as suitors, but he has opted for China.

Ba is set to undergo a medical at Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday, with the club confident he will “greatly improve” their side.

The Senegal international will reportedly cost Shanghai Shenhua €13.5 million.

He made his first-team debut with French team Rouen in 2005 before moving to Mouscron and onto 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany in 2007. In 2011, he moved to English Premier League side West Ham United.

He played only 12 games for West Ham and despite being their league top goal scorer in the 2010–11 season, they were relegated to the Championship and Ba moved to Newcastle United.

In January 2013, he completed a move to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, before joining Beşiktaş for €6 million 18 months later.

Born in France, Ba is a full international for Senegal since 2007 and represented the country at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ba has played a total of 17 games and scored four goals for Senegal, the country of his parents. He represented the nation at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, playing all three matches as they were eliminated from Group A with three defeats.

Shanghai Shenhua recently brought in former Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko.

The Chinese side also landed ex-Everton forward Tim Cahill in February.

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