Spurs jump into the race for Demba Ba

Steve Bardens

Spurs have joined Arsenal and a mystery club in chasing Demba Ba.

Demba Ba to Tottenham Hotspur? The club is trying to make it happen, with his agent telling Sky Sports that Spurs have inquired about the striker, but Chelsea have said no to Tottenham so far. His agent said Arsenal have also inquired, but, like Spurs, the Blues waved them off.

The kicker in all of this is that his agent is claiming that a third Premier League team is chasing Ba and that Chelsea have agreed to send him on loan to this mystery club, but that the striker wants Champions League football so he is hesitant. That would eliminate Ba from the running, but who knows.

Chelsea have reportedly allowed Ba to seek a season-long loan, with the Senegalese hoping to get more first team football than will be available to him at Stramford Bridge. The arrival of Samuel Eto'o has pushed Ba aside and if someone is willing to pay a £3 million fee, they can have him on loan for the season, according to multiple reports.

Thus far, nobody has agreed to the fee, or at least haven't sealed the deal. There were reports that Ba had already passed a medical at Arsenal, but they are only willing to pay half of what Chelsea are demanding.

Spurs could use another striker to bolster a group weakened by Emmanuel Adebayor's possible departure slash unhappiness slash feud with Andre Villas-Boas slash whatever is going on there and they have looked to Demba Ba to give them a boost.

Ba is a quality striker who would certainly make Spurs a better team and give them a lone striker option beyond Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe, who is ill-equipped for that specific role. If Spurs cannot bring in a striker, Soldado will likely be looking at a brutal season in nearly every match so Ba would be a nice addition, but is he worth £3 million for just one season, will Chelsea do business with Tottenham and is he willing to join a club out of the Champions League? Who knows.

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