Chelsea have started their January sale shopping early this year, all but securing a deal to land in form Newcastle striker Demba Ba. The striker has a buy out clause of around £7.5 million and Sky Sports have confirmed today during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Everton, that The Blues were to be in talks with Ba’s representatives on Sunday evening, to carve out personal terms for the 27-year-old to join the European Champions.

So, the reaction has been mainly positive with many drawing the conclusion that we are about to see a bargain goal scoring striker arrive, who is strong, good in the air and a decent target man who provides finesse, something we’ve been lacking all season. Albeit a few concerns about his re-occurring injury issues and his age, overall it seems to be a popular move by Abramovich.

The general feeling is that Ba will be a good short term fix for our striker problems, until the summer when long term target Radamel Falcao admits he will leave Atletico Madrid.

What does this mean for our apparent pursuit of Theo Walcott? Well, it’s still on that’s for sure, but amongst rumours that Walcott might be edging nearer to agreeing a contract with Arsenal, he is certainly still tempted by the interest from Chelsea. This is a deal that we could well see happening very soon along with Ba. It’s been no secret that Rafa Benitez wants more than just one extra striker to come in, with Sturridge heading to Liverpool, it’s very likely that we will see both players joining us next month.

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Simon Phillips – News Editor