West Brom to make an official offer for Demba Ba on monday

Updated: June 20, 2015

With Beşiktaş making it clear over the past few days that they would be accepting good offers for Demba Ba, it is becoming more and more likely that the Senegalese hitman will leave the Black Eagles this summer.

Demba Ba scored 27 goals and assisted 7 more in 44 official appearances for the Black Eagles this past season and with that had the most successful season of his career at the age of 29.

Beşiktaş president Fikret Orman revealed recently that, while they aren’t actively looking to sell the player, they have been accepting ‘good’ offers for him and passing them on to Demba.

Ba himself stated recently that he “made a mistake leaving Chelsea” and that, while the level of the Turkish league is competitive, it is significantly lower than the level of the Premier League. It is believe that Demba Ba is very disillusioned with the officiating in Turkey and this may be a motivating factor for him to leave the country.

He also stated that he would like to return to the Premier League. But so far formal offers coming in for the player have been from China and Qatar only, which he does not find appealing despite astronomous annual wage offers of up to € 7 million per season.

Both West Brom and West Ham United are believed to be interested in Ba and it is expected that West Brom will make an official £ 10 million offer on monday, which is nearly € 14 million. Beşiktaş had earlier accepted a € 14 million offer from Shanghai Shenhua for Demba Ba, and president Fikret Orman stated clearly that they would only accept offers which are “worth it”.

Beşiktaş paid only € 6 million this past summer to Chelsea for the full rights to Demba Ba’s contract and the Blues won’t make any money on a future sale, meaning the Black Eagles will make a nice profit if Ba were to leave this summer.

While up till now it was doubtful if Ba would leave, given only acceptable offers came in from unattractive destinations, it seems very likely that the fan favourite would leave if West Brom’s bid were to be accepted. And it seems extremely likely that Beşiktaş would accept a £ 10 million offer.




– Kaan Bayazit

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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