Chelsea striker Ba lined up for summer return to former club

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Chelsea striker Demba Ba could return to one of his former clubs this summer, with reports suggesting that West Ham will make a move to bring him back to Upton Park.

This is according to The Sun, who further claim that Hammers boss Sam Allardyce - who has come in for severe criticism this season for his team's rather uncompromising style of play - is keen to strengthen his attacking options for the 2014/15 campaign and will make a summer move for a player who he is apparently aware will be available for £8 million.

Ba looks set to exit Chelsea for good this summer, with the Senegalese international - who has actually scored a few crucial goals for the club in recent weeks - not thought to be an integral figure in Jose Mourinho's long-term plans at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham supporters will have mixed memories of Ba's initial brief stint in East London, with the player having performed well for the club but ultimately unable to save them from relegation to the second-tier in 2011.

Ba left the Hammers after that relegation, moving to Newcastle on a free transfer. After flourishing at St. James' Park, he was brought to Chelsea last January by then interim boss Rafael Benitez.

Despite initially impressing under the Spaniard, Ba - along with Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o - just has not been consistent enough for Chelsea this season and it is widely expected that Mourinho will be looking to make significant upgrades to his strikeforce during the next transfer window.

West Ham are not the only one of Ba's former clubs to be linked with a summer return for the 28-year-old, with reports last week suggesting that Newcastle could be offered the chance to re-sign him.

Both of those aforementioned clubs have struggled in an attacking capacity this season and Ba could prove an adequate solution.

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