Liverpool linked to Newcastle star

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Liverpool transfer target Demba Ba has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Anfield.

The Newcastle frontman is in-demand after a stunning debut season on Tyneside, during which he bagged 16 goals in 34 appearances. His good form has led to speculation that he could be snapped up, with new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers thought to be a fan of the striker.

But Ba has refuted the transfer rumours. Taking to his personal Twitter account, and quoted on, Ba said: "Holla back everybody. So much stuff about me lately. Rumours are Rumours! Just forget about it. By the way I had the best holiday ever!"

The Senegalese frontman could line up in London this summer alongside fellow Magpie Papiss Cisse. Both strikers are in contention to play at the Olympics for Senegal, but Newcastle are unlikely to want to lose both players for the start of the season.

Ba joined Newcastle from West Ham in June 2011, and quickly settled in in the north east. But the striker, who has struggled with a recurrent knee injury in the past, is thought to have a £7million release fee clause inserted into his Newcastle contract.

That figure has interested several clubs eager to sign a versatile frontman this summer, but the clause is expected to expire on July 31. Liverpool, Tottenham and Turkish side Galatasaray have been linked with a bid for the Senegal international, but Ba has insisted the speculation is unfounded.

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