Deep breath, this might get a bit confusing.
January 4th, 2013
Demba Ba has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Chelsea, joining from Newcastle United following the triggering of a release clause that would have seen him available to any club offering a bid of about £7 million.
“When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy,” he told the official Chelsea website. “This club is massive and that’s something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one.”
Ba arrives at Stamford Bridge just as Daniel Sturridge leaves; joining Liverpool for an undisclosed fee and telling their website he was “humbled and happy” to join the Anfield outfit, who in turn have released Joe Cole after an agreement was reached to terminate his contract.
It’s believed that Cole has accepted £3 million to cut short his tenure; he has since signed for West Ham – the club where he rose through the academy ranks to become a breakout star – and is available to play in tomorrow’s FA Cup 3rd round tie against Manchester United.
“It’s a great move for me. This is where I learnt my trade and I’m happy to have another chance to be here,” he said.
Clearly the Hammers, along with Liverpool and Chelsea, have been the ones itchiest to do some wheeling and dealing; only time will tell if the rest of the transfer window is to be as frenetic; or whether we’ll be in for another Sky Sports Snooze session.