Discarded Chelsea striker wants Premier League return, with West Ham keen

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Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has put West Ham and West Brom on alert, after revealing that he wishes to return to the Premier League.

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According to the Daily Mirror, the Besiktas forward explained that he would like to return to England as the standard of Turkish football is not as high.

“The fans in Turkey are very passionate and create a great atmosphere but it is no secret that the standard of football is of a lower quality than in England,” Ba explained.

“The way I left Chelsea was not ideal but that’s life. I am still young and I believe I have another big move left in my career. The Premier League interests me and I am keeping my options open,” he added.

As mentioned, the 30-year-old has previously been linked with the Baggies, however it is the Hammers that look the favourites for his signature, the Mirror suggests.

Ba spent half a season at the Boleyn Ground in 2011, and while the team struggled, he shone, scoring seven times in 12 games. Ultimately however, he was unable to save them from relegation. But, his efforts did not go unnoticed as he stayed in the top flight with Newcastle.

His success at St James’ Park led to a move to Stamford Bridge, where, despite not being used much by Jose Mourinho, he provided the defining moment of the 2013/14 season, as he capitalised on Steven Gerrard’s slip to put the Blues ahead and help send the title to Manchester City.

Now, he could be on his way back, and with his former manager Slaven Bilic taking the job at Upton Park, it would not be a surprise if his star striker came with him.

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