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Thursday transfer gossip column

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 29, 2013

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DEMBA Ba could be heading back to Newcastle United with his tail between his legs, according to the Daily Mirror, with Toon manager Alan Pardew set to launch a shock bid to bring the Chelsea striker back to St James' Park.

Ba (pictured) has dropped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge with the return from loan of Romelu Lukaku and the expected signings of Willian and Samuel Eto'o.

Manchester United could return with a third bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas in January if the Spain international, is not getting regular football, according to the Sun.

West Ham could miss out on powerful Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo to Barcelona, according to TalkSport, who also say that Sunderland and Rennes are locking horns to land Senegal defender Cheikh M'Bengue.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign United's Javier Hernandez, but will have to pay £15 million to get the 25-year-old Mexico striker.

West Bromwich Albion are considering a loan move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland after Ben Foster was ruled out for three months with a foot injury, with the Potters lining up a move for Werder Bremen striker Aaron Hunt.

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