Cape Town – Chelsea's Senegalese striker Demba Ba is set to sign a deal to join
top Istanbul team Besiktas, the Turkish side have announced on Wednesday.
"Besiktas has begun talks with Chelsea for the transfer of Demba Ba," the club said in a statement.
hosted Ba, 29, in Istanbul on Wednesday and he underwent a medical, the
club added, posting pictures of the new acquisition posing in a
Previous reports suggested Beskitas would be
acquiring Ba on loan but it was not immediately clear what form the
final deal would take.
"He is a very strong striker for Besiktas," the club quoted its president Fikret Orman as saying.
He added: "It is easy to make the transfer, what is hard is to pay the sum, it needs to be in line with out budget."
Ba was quoted as saying: "It was a warm welcome and this warm relationship is going to continue."
Croatian manager Slaven Bilic, Besiktas will be looking in the coming
season to improve on last year's third place in the Super Lig behind
Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
The team also has a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.