Manchester United and Tottenham have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to sign in-form Newcastle striker Demba Ba.
The 26-year-old has scored 15 times in 19 league appearances for the Magpies this term, to add to the seven goals he netted during his brief spell with West Ham.
That makes it 22 goals in 27 Barclays Premier League starts for Ba and now, it would seem, he is attracting the interest of clubs with greater stature.
According to The Telegraph, Manchester United and Spurs are leading the race to sign the Senegal international, who has left Newcastle temporarily for the Africa Cup of Nations.
And, although Sir Alex Ferguson or Harry Redknapp would be unable to secure a deal for Ba this month, they have reportedly been alerted to his potential availability in the summer.
It is claimed the former Hoffenheim forward has a release clause of £7 million written into his Newcastle contract - seemingly a fee which would be met easily by Manchester United or Spurs.
However, noveau-riche French outfit Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested in Ba, who would be keen on a move to the Parc des Princes.
“I have always supported PSG and it’s an attractive club,” he said.
“But it will be difficult to do that in January. I’m in Newcastle and the fans like me.
"The transfer market will be closed when I return from the Africa Cup of Nations so I won’t focus on it.”