Newcastle will reportedly have to lock horns with Fiorentina if they hope to sign West Ham striker Demba Ba.
The 26-year-old is expected to leave Upton Park this summer after the Hammers were relegated to the Npower Championship and, according to talkSPORT, Fiorentina and Newcastle are leading the race for his signature.
Newcastle are known to be in the market for a goalscoring reinforcements and the acquisition of Ba could prove to be a shrewd one by Alan Pardew.
The Senegal international found the net seven times in 12 games for the east Londoners after joining the club from Hoffenheim in January, with his exploits in front of goal seemingly alerting Newcastle to his potential availability.
However, West Ham and Newcastle are currently at loggerheads over Kevin Nolan after the former had a 'derisory' offer rejected by the Magpies for the 28-year-old.
New Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to link up with his former charge - who he brought to Newcastle in 2009 - especially as Nolan stalls over signing a new deal at St James' Park.
The midfielder has rejected the offer of a two-year deal from Newcastle, and is reportedly holding out a new five-year contract.
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