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NUFC want Ba back on loan

Demba Ba was kicked in the face after leaving Newcastle, but may be heading back. Credit: PA

Newcastle have expressed an interest in bringing back Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea.

The Senegalese international joined the Blues from Newcastle on a three year deal in January 2013, but wasn't even named as a substitute for Chelsea's crucial Premier League fixture against Man United on Monday.

Qatar side Al-Jaish have also expressed an interest in the striker's services.

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Man arrested over alleged racial abuse of Demba Ba

A man has been arrested after allegedly racially abusing Chelsea striker Demba Ba on Facebook.

Chelsea's Demba Ba is set to face his old club Newcastle at the weekend. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

A 39-year-old from Gateshead was detained on suspicion of posting offensive comments about the footballer. The man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Ba signed for Chelsea this month and is expected to return to the North East this weekend to face his old team Newcastle at St James' Park.

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Demba Ba transfer story dismissed

Newcastle United have denied reports that Demba Ba has signed for Galatasaray Credit: ITV

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has not signed for Turkish club Galatasaray.

Sky Italia and other digital sources in Europe today reported a deal had been completed to take the Senegalese striker to Istanbul for next season.

The Magpies don't comment directly on individual transfer rumours. But the story gathered such momentum that club officials did give an off-the-record briefing, confirming there's no truth whatsoever in the reports.

The 27-year old scored 16 goals during his debut season on Tyneside and Newcastle would like him to stay. But the club are bracing themselves for a long summer of transfer rumours, because it's common knowledge Demba Ba has a release clause in his contract.

The exact amount that triggers the clause is a grey area - some have claimed it's as low as £7 million, others put it closer to £11 million.

The bottom line is Demba Ba is potentially available for a price that would be considered much lower than his current market value.