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Newcastle make a play for Ba and Erding

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has confirmed the club's interest in Paris St Germain's Mevlut Erding and West Ham's Demba Ba. Erding has been a target for some time and but they could now be ready to make a second move for the Turkey international.

Pardew told the Journal: "Erding has always been on our radar. He's a very good player and that is all I will say at the moment.

"We had a bit of a disappointment with Kevin Gameiro as he has decided to go elsewhere. We made a fantastic offer to the club and to him, but these things happen.

"We tried very hard on that one, but we always knew there would be setbacks along the way and we have always had other people in mind, deals we have been trying to keep to ourselves for obvious reasons.

"We are working extremely hard to make those deals happen and I'm pretty happy with how things have gone so far.

"We should have another signing finished in the next few days, and we will able to confirm that one as well."

Newcastle are also confident on a free transfer move for West Ham's Ba after the Hammers relegation from the Premier League.

"Demba Ba has done very well since he came to England and he's a good player," he said.

"I'm very much aware of him and I probably know what he is capable of more than most because I've known about him for a while, before he went to West Ham.

"We're not the only club who are interested, but we are trying. There is always competition and we will keep plugging away.

"If we can get him and another two in before the end of next week I'll still be looking for another two new faces to join us before the start of the season.

"To get a player like Yohan Cabaye in so early has been a big bonus. Not many clubs have managed that sort of business yet so I'm very happy with that."

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