Besiktas interested in Chelsea striker Ba

Turkish club Besiktas are keen on signing out-of-favour Chelsea striker Demba Ba after cooling their interest in fellow Blues front-man Samuel Eto’o, according to the Daily Mail.

Ba found first-team opportunities hard to come by this season, with both Eto’o and Fernando Torres both ahead of him in the pecking order. Although he did score some crucial goals, the former West Ham United and Newcastle United player is likely to find chances even more limited next season, with the club expecting to sign Diego Costa.

Despite being on the fringes, the newspaper claims the Chelsea are hoping to keep Ba at Stamford Bridge for next season, but the Senegal man is looking for regular football, something he is unlikely to get if he stays.

Besiktas were initially interested in Eto’o as they look for a striker to bolster their options after finishing behind Istanbul duo Fenerbahce and Galatasaray in this season’s Turkish Superlig. However, it is Ba they are now pursuing; a player who has scored 14 goals in 51 appearances.

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