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Chelsea transfer news: Villa eye Ba loan
5th July 2013 5:23pm BST
Aston Villa have lined up Chelsea star Demba Ba as a potential replacement for in-demand striker Christian Benteke.
Ba has reportedly been targeted by Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.
But SportsDirect News has learned Villa could submit a loan bid for the Senegal star if Benteke makes his long-mooted move away from Villa Park.
Benteke has been linked with a number of top clubs, with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid and the Blues all reportedly interested.
And that has seen boss Paul Lambert make contingency plans in case his prized asset exits Villa Park, with Ba heading his shortlist.
Ba looks surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge – with boss Jose Mourinho keen to land a marquee striker this summer.
Andre Schurrle has already joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen in an £18 million deal, and Mourinho is also keeping tabs on Napoli star Edinson Cavani and Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.
Fernando Torres is also set to stay at the club and Romelu Lukaku could yet be given the chance to prove his worth in west London – leaving Ba on the fringes.
And that has given Villa hope a deal can be done for the 28-year-old, should Anzhi’s bid falter.