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Demba Ba to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua

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Demba Ba continues his work as a mercenary striker, as the 30-year-old is set to join Chinese-side Shanghai Shenhua.

Shanghai will be Ba’s eighth club in ten years.

The terms of the move have not been announced, but it is rumored to be for a record transfer fee for the Chinese Super League.

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At Shenhua, Ba will join former Everton and New York Red Bulls striker Tim Cahill, as well as former Liverpool and Juventus midfielder Mohammed Sissoko, who just signed for the Chinese club earlier this week.

The club has a history of spending big for international talent, as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka have both previously played for in Shanghai.

After bursting onto the European scene in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim, Ba played in the Premier League for West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea before joining Turkish-side Besiktas last summer.

Ba finished second in the Turkish Super Lig with 18 goals, and scored 27 times in all competitions for Besiktas. The Senegalese international had a brilliant record of eight goals in 12 European matches, including a hat trick against Feyenoord in the Champions League.

West Brom were linked with a move to bring the striker back to the Premier League, but it looks like the money was just too good at Shenhua.