Senegal forward Demba Ba has reportedly left West Ham after choosing to activate a release clause in his contract following the club’s relegation, according to The Guardian.
Ba only signed for The Hammers in January from German side Hoffenheim on a 3 year deal and made an immediate impact with 7 goals in 12 Premier League appearances. But, his goals were not enough to prevent West Ham’s relegation to the Championship.
Despite being offered improved terms to remain at Upton Park, Ba has exercised his right to a free transfer and is likely to be one of many departures from the club.
Several clubs remain keen on bringing the 26-year old back to the Premier League. Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is keen to add several names to his squad this summer and Ba is one of the players he is tracking. Likewise, Everton boss David Moyes is keen on the striker and his availability on a free transfer would appeal to the Goodison Park hierarchy.
A more likely destination seems to be Newcastle United. The club failed to replace star striker Andy Carroll following his move to Liverpool and manager Alan Pardew has publicly admitted his admiration for the player.