Daily Mail.

The European Champions will speak to the Senegal international after triggering a lowly £7.5million minimum release clause in his contract.

The player has been omitted from a Newcastle squad who welcome the visit of Everton to St. James’s Park this evening.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew did intend to field the striker, but the player and his representatives will be locked in negotiations with the Blues for his imminent move away from the North East.

After signing the forward for free 18-months ago, the club had been recently speaking with the player in order to secure a new deal keeping him in the North East. However, Ba’s future is now out of their hands.

An official club statement read, “Newcastle United can confirm that Chelsea Football Club has made an official offer for Demba Ba which has triggered the release clause in the player’s contract.

“The Club has given the player permission to speak to Chelsea FC and therefore he will not be included in the squad for tonight’s game against Everton.”

It is believed that more bids meeting the minimum release clause will soon be inundating the inbox at St. James’s Park, with Arsenal and Tottenham as likely suitors.

Newcastle will now look to focus their efforts on replacing the forward, with Loic Remy of Marseille seen as a suitable option.

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