Chelsea flop Demba Ba could be set to leave this month, with reports suggesting that one of his former clubs are plotting one final move to lure him away from West London.
According to the Daily Express, relegation-threatened West Ham United are targeting a loan switch for the Senegalese frontman during the current transfer window having failed to bring him back to Upton Park on several previous occasions.
28-year-old Ba was brought to Chelsea from Newcastle United by the hugely unpopular figure of Rafael Benitez for a fee of approximately £7 million in January, yet has totally failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.
The former Hoffenheim star scored just three goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in the second half of the 2012/13 campaign, while he has netted just once in eight top-flight games this season after finding himself behind the likes of Fernando Torres and summer signing Samuel Eto'o in the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.
West Ham's apparent interest in Ba must surely not come as much of a shock to Hammers fans, particularly given that he previously played for the club in 2011 and the fact that Sam Allardyce has been forced to deploy a strikerless 4-6-0 formation on a frequent basis in recent months due to a lack of alternative options in the final third.
Providing he is able to adequately recover from his demoralising stint at Stamford Bridge, a rejuvenated Ba could well provide West Ham with the goals they require to beat the drop.
They could face stiff competition for his signature, however, with rumours still persisting over a possible switch from Chelsea to title rivals Arsenal.