Arsenal joined in race to land Chelsea outcast

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Arsenal would appear to face competition for the signing of Demba Ba, with reports suggesting that West Ham are targeting a move for the Chelsea frontman in January.

28-year-old Ba joined the Blues from Premier League rivals Newcastle for £7.5 million earlier this year during the reign of deeply unpopular interim boss Rafael Benitez.

His time at Stamford Bridge to date has been extremely disappointing, however, with the Senegalese striker finding regular first-team appearances rather difficult to come by this season under Jose Mourinho.

Arsene Wenger's high-flying Gunners were heavily linked with a move for Ba prior to the close of the summer transfer window, but were ultimately unable to secure any deal. 

Despite this, however, the North Londoners have continued to be linked with the former Hoffenheim star prior to January.

However, Arsenal look to face a battle to sign Ba as, according to The Daily Mirror, Sam Allardyce's Hammers will attempt to sign him when the window re-opens for business in the new year.

The Hammers have badly struggled for goals so far this season, with Allardyce often choosing to deploy a 4-6-0 formation devoid of any forwards following Andy Carroll's continued absence through injury.

Ba will know Upton Park well, having spent a solitary season prior to his move to St. James' Park in 2011.

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