Demba Ba open to Premier League return

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Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has expressed his desire to return to England, according to The Mirror

West Ham and West Brom are following the Senegal international closely, and his latest statement will be a huge boost to the transfer hopes of both clubs. 

Ba has only spent one season at Turkish side Beşiktaş J.K, proving he still has his goalscoring touch by scoring 18 goals in 25 games.

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But, the 30-year old is ready to move on, and confirmed in the Mirror that he is eyeing a return to the Premier League. 

He said: "The fans in Turkey are very passionate and create a great atmosphere but it is no secret that the standard of football is of a lower quality than in England.

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"The way I left Chelsea was not ideal but that's life. I am still young and I believe I have another big move left in my career. The Premier League interests me and I am keeping my options open."

Proven track record 

It is no surprise that Ba has attracted attention from Premier League clubs, as he was a prolific goal scorer at the Hammers and Newcastle. 

However, the striker was restricted of opportunities when he moved to Chelsea in January 2013, falling behind Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres in the pecking order. 

Premier League Interest

West Ham and West Brom are frontrunners to sign Ba, and both have managers who hold history with the Senegalese striker. 

Slaven Bilic was appointed Hammers boss earlier last month, but managed Ba at Beşiktaş J.K. last season, and is said to be keen on a re-union with the hitman.

Working under Bilic at West Ham would be appealing, as he would be likely to hold a guaranteed starting position under the Croatian manager. 

Meanwhile, Tony Pulis, who is now West Brom manager, was the first Englishman to take interest in Ba in 2011, when he was the manager at Stoke City. 

In bizarre circumstances, the striker had agreed a £6 million deal to move to the Britannia Stadium, but the deal fell through after Ba failed his medical. 

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