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Chelsea given permission to talk to Newcastle striker Ba

Newcastle striker Demba Ba is the Magpies' top scorer this season. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Chelsea have been given permission by Newcastle to talk to their striker Demba Ba about moving to Stamford Bridge. The 27 year-old Senegalese striker has a clause in his contract which allows him to talk to other clubs if a bid of £7m is made.

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80,000 will travel from Newcastle Airport in 10 days

Newcastle Airport says it will handle 80,000 passengers over the Christmas period and they will travel on more than 800 flights across 10 days.

And today passengers at the airport said they were running smoothly.

Graeme Mason, airport director, said the flight traffic was as much people arriving home and there is a "real community feel" at the airport with people holding "welcome home" signs at arrival gates,

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