Chelsea look set to offer Demba Ba back to former club Newcastle this summer but will be looking to recoup the £7 million fee they paid for him, regional reports from the North East suggest.
The Newcastle Chronicle claim that the the Senegalese striker is headed for the exit door at Stamford Bridge and that Newcastle - who sold Ba in January 2013 - are likely to be included in a list of potential suitors.
The same source further suggests that with Newcastle unlikely to be able to keep hold of in-form loanee Loic Remy beyond the end of his current deal, that Newcastle could be interested in bringing Ba back to St. James' Park.
28-year-old Ba was brought to Chelsea by unpopular interim boss Rafael Benitez last winter and has never really managed to establish himself as a regular starter in West London.
However, despite a general lack of impact during his 15-month stint at the club, Ba had appeared to be growing in prominence of late after scoring crucial goals for Chelsea in the Premier League against Swansea and indeed in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
However, such heroics appear to have done little to prove to Jose Mourinho that he is worth keeping beyond the summer and it seems likely that he will be offloaded to make way for important new signings.
Ba proved an extremely impressive performer for Newcastle during his two-year spell at the club and with manager Alan Pardew possessing preciously little by way of adequate back-up to French star Remy, you have to assume that supporters would be relieved to see him return.
However, with the club having been rather frugal and lackluster in the transfer market of late, it remains to be seen if Newcastle will be willing to part with the money necessary to secure Ba ahead of their rivals.