West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clark is chasing Chelsea striker Demba Ba, according to the Sunday Times.
Clark sees Ba as the ideal replacement for fellow Blues' striker Romelu Lukaku, who spent the year with West Brom last season.
Clark sees the Senegalese striker as the man to lead the Baggies front-line next season, after it became clear that Lukaku is part of Jose Mourinho's plans for next season.
West Brom relied heavily on the Belgium international last season, after the likes of Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie struggled for goals for much of the campaign.
Odemwingie's season was clouded with controversy following his transfer situation, after he tried to force through a move to relegated QPR in January. And the Nigerian is considered not to be a part of Clark's plans for the future.
Because of this, Clark is looking for a No. 9 that can fire West Brom to another mid-table finish next season. Clark and Mourinho have a good relationship, and the Scot will hope that he can call on this in order to bring Ba to The Hawthorns next season.
Ba's Chelsea future has been in doubt all summer following Mourinho's appointment at Stamford Bridge last month. He considers Lukaku as a key part of his plans for the future, with Spaniard Fernando Torres also vying for a place in the Chelsea starting XI.
West Brom would have ideally kept Lukaku for another season, but it looks like he will be staying at Chelsea next season.
This leaves Ba slightly out of the picture, with the striker still looking to play first-team football next season. And this could open a move to West Brom in the coming weeks.
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