Ba blow for Potters

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Stoke's proposed move for Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba has broken down after the player failed a medical.

It is understood an initial £7.1 million fee had been agreed - as well as personal terms - for the Senegal international. Ba, 25, visited the club's Clayton Wood training ground for a medical, only to be given the bad news.

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: "Having agreed all the financial terms of the deal with Hoffenheim and the player, he failed his medical. We will therefore not be signing him on a permanent basis."

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