Chelsea sign Demba Ba from Newcastle

Chelsea have today completed the signing of striker Demba Ba from Newcastle United for a reported fee of £7 million.

Talks have been ongoing for the Senegalese International, with earlier reports before New Year suggesting neither party could agree terms.

On Wednesday it was reported that Chelsea had finally agreed a fee, by meeting his buyout clause and the forward was withdrawn from the Newcastle squad for their match versus Everton.

Ba is an excellent option for Chelsea, due to the performances of misfiring record signing Fernando Torres, and the sale of Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool for £12 million yesterday.

The forward completed a lengthy medical yesterday to ensure any issues with this knee are in the past, after failing a medical with Stoke City in a couple of years ago.

He has penned a three-and-a half year contract, and will go into the Chelsea squad for their FA tie this weekend against Southampton

Newcastle United are already drawing up a list of replacements with Marseille striker Loic Remy and Rennes forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being at the top of their wish list