The Senegalese star swapped St James’ Park for Stamford Bridge 12 months ago, but already looks to have no future with the Blues.
After initially enjoying first-team action under Rafael Benitez, Ba has since been frozen out of the starting XI by Jose Mourinho – who is rumoured to be looking assigning a new goalscorer either this month or over the summer.
This has opened the door for a potential loan move away from London for the hit-man in the coming weeks, which has alerted Pardew.
Prior to his switch to Chelsea, Ba was thought of as one of the Premier League’s top forwards thanks to a series of important goals and excellent performances in the black and white shirt.
Pardew is ready to launch a move for a new striker to support on loan ace Loic Remy, and is hopeful that he can set up a reunion with the former ‘Toon’ idol.
Ba himself may be keen on a possible loan switch back to Newcastle, with regular playing time a priority.
Although the 28-year-old is considered to be one of Pardew’s top targets, it’s understood that the ex-Southampton boss also has a number of other names on his winter wish list.