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Demba Deal Is "Done" - Pardew

Demba Ba will be departing Newcastle United for Chelsea with the North East club declaring that the player leaves with their blessing.

The Blues had earlier been given permission to talk to the Senegal international after triggering a release clause in his contract with a £7m bid.

Alan Pardew spoke to the press before Newcastle’s game against Everton, for which Ba was withdrawn.

"It's done. He will go to Chelsea with our blessing," Pardew told Sky Sports. "He has done fantastic for us and it's not a bad thing, all the uncertainty is now done and we can move on.

"The ball was always in Demba's court. But this club is bigger than any player for sure."

Discussions between Chelsea and Ba broke down earlier this week after the two parties were unable to reach an agreement.

It now seems the Blues have almost certainly settled terms with the former Hoffenheim hit-man who has netted 13 goals already this season.

Newcastle released a statement which read: "Newcastle United can confirm Chelsea Football Club has made an official offer for Demba Ba which has triggered the release clause in the player's contract.

"The club has given the player permission to speak to Chelsea FC and therefore he will not be included in the squad for tonight's game with Everton."

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