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Demba Ba excited putting pen to paper on Newcastle deal

Former West Ham United striker Demba Ba is delighted with his move to Newcastle United.

The Senegal striker quit West Ham after activating a relegation clause in his contract.

He signed a three-year deal, worth £4million, after talks with Toon boss Alan Pardew, who outlined his plans for next season.

Ba, 26, said: "I've come here as I feel the club can reach a higher level than most of the other clubs in the Premier League.

"Things will go from strength to strength. This is a club that will improve and I want to be somewhere like that.

"When I spoke to the manager, I was happy with the ambition Newcastle are showing.

"We talked and they spoke about where they want this club to be, the players they want to sign and I was pleased to hear that they want the same things I want to achieve.

"I came here because of the club, it's massive and with a great history. For me, it was a simple decision. I'll get better here."

Ba hit seven goals in 12 games for the Hammers and admitted he had mixed emotions about leaving.

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