Newcastle United have held talks with Demba Ba about keeping him at the club.

The Evening Chronicle says the Magpies have upped their bid to get the star striker to commit his future to the black-and-white cause.

Sources close to the Ba camp have claimed Magpies officials have held discussions to survey the 16-goal ace's requirements and demands.

United will remain in the hunt for a new striker, but are keen to make a statement by retaining Ba's services.