When Demba Ba joined Chelsea from Newcastle United for a fee believed to be around £7m, many thought he was the bargain of the year.
Ba had a very successful debut, scoring twice as the Blues demolished Southampton 5-1.
However, his Chelsea career never got going and he has only managed to score six goals in 23 matches for the Blues - four of these coming in the FA Cup.
Over the previous weeks speculation has risen about his future as Chelsea have been hunting for a new striker which now looks very likely to be Samuel Eto'o. Also he was left out of the squad to face Manchester United which suggests that his time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end.
According to the Daily Mirror, Alan Pardew has made a shock be to re-sign the Senegalese star on loan - bringing him back to Newcastle just seven months on after he left the club.
This has come as a surprise to many but Ba has proven himself at St James' Park once, so why can't he do it again?
The 28-year-old was prolific at Newcastle, scoring 29 goals in 54 games.
The only stumbling block on his move back to the north easy is his high wage demands which are thought to be in excess of £70,000 per week. Apart from this, though, he would be welcomed back at Newcastle with open arms and would be guaranteed first-team football.
The Magpies have a lack of attacking threat at the moment as Loic Remy is still not fully fit and Pardew has expressed his desire to sign another striker. Will that striker be Ba or will the club re-enter talks to sign Bafetimbi Gomis from French club Lyon?
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