Chelsea striker Demba Ba is in talks with Everton over a move to Goodison Park, according to The Daily Mail.
The report has, however, suggested that the forward's £80,000-a-week wages could scupper any potential deal to Roberto Martinez's side ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. The Everton chief tried to sign Ba last summer, before eventually securing the services of Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku.
And now it appears that he's ready to renew his interest in the former Newcastle United man, as he looks to take Everton to the next level. For now, though, negotiations between Everton and Ba seem to have hit a stand stall because of the player's demands.
It remains to be seen as to whether they can agree a contract, which would help the forward secure first team football in the Premier League.
Whilst Ba is seen as a target for Martinez, it appears that the manager hasn't given up hope of bringing Romelu Lukaku back to the club. The Belgian ace played a key role in Everton's fine season last term, as he scored 15 league goals.
Lukaku could, however, move to La Liga, with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid reportedly interested in his services. Everton fans will certainly be hoping they can land either of Lukaku or Ba this summer, as they embark upon a European campaign.
Chelsea, on the other hand, won't be short of options in attack, with Spanish international Diego Costa set to sign for the club in the near future. The La Liga superstar, who scored 27 league goals last season, played a key role in helping Atletico clinch the title, and will target success at Stamford Bridge.
Fernando Torres is also still on the books at Chelsea, and the forward will be desperate to hit top form next season. Both Costa and Torres may have had a World Cup to forget, but they will be looking to fire on all cylinders in 2014/15.
With Cesc Fabregas having already arrived, and a number of player having been shipped out, Mourinho's new-look squad is starting to take shape. It remains to be seen, however, as to whether the likes of Ba and Lukaku remain at Chelsea beyond the end of this transfer window.
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