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Ba leaves Chelsea for Besikstas

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By Joe Haining

Thursday 17 July 2014

Senegal striker Demba Ba has agreed a deal to join Turkish Süper Lig side Besiktas, reports The Daily Mail.

Demba Ba

Speaking upon arrival in Istanbul, Ba confirmed the move, saying: “I'm very happy to be here, all that is left is a few formalities. I will undergo a medical and sign the contract. I am excited to be here and can't wait to start playing.”

The transfer fee agreed for the 29-year-old is thought to be around £8 million, slightly less than the original £10 million asking price Chelsea had been hoping to receive.

Ba, who has four goals in 18 caps for Senegal, joined Chelsea from Newcastle United for a reported £7 million during the January transfer window of 2013, and went on to score 14 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions for the Blues.

However, less than half of those appearances were in the starting line up, as Ba struggled to tie down a place in the team ahead of the likes of Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres. The recent arrival at Stamford Bridge of Spanish international Diego Costa could have seen Ba continue to struggle for game time had he stayed in west London.

Besiktas president Fikret Orman expressed his happiness at capturing the striker’s services, saying: “Ba is a player we all believe in, we put in a lot of time and effort to complete the transfer to the best of our interests. The transfer is within our budget and we are delighted to have completed the move.”

Ba, who began his career with Rouen in France, has been presented with the number 9 shirt to wear in the 2014/15 season, in which Besiktas will seek to win their first Turkish title since 2009.

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