Demba Ba ignoring transfer rumours

Newcastle striker Demba Ba has dismissed speculation linking with him with a summer move to Chelsea, stating that he is happy playing for the Magpies and living in the North-East.

The Senegalese marksman has been a revelation for Alan Pardew’s men since moving to the Sports Direct Arena from West Ham at the end of last season, and has hit the back of the net 16 times this term for the Tyneside club.

Despite being a potential transfer target for Chelsea, the African hitman has assured the club’s fans that he has no intention of switching to Stamford Bridge.

“It is rumours like you get in football,” he told Sky Sports.

“I am happy with Newcastle and I enjoy being here and playing for the Toon Army. I enjoy being in this team.

“We have a good team spirit and I love the North East, where I have my country-mate, Papiss Cisse,” he admitted.

Ba is reported to have a buyout clause in his contract that could be as low as £7 million, and may well be the target of some bids at the end of the current campaign.

By Gareth McKnight