Demba Ba has made clear that he’s keen to move on from Turkish football, with the Premier League his preferred destination, and today the Turkish press are reporting that Papiss Cisse is Besiktas’ preferred option to replace him.

Besiktas finished only third in the league and so have no Champions League football to offer Ba in this coming season, with Turkish newspaper Aksam saying they understand Cisse is the choice to replace his former striker partner.

The United striker has been linked with a move to Turkey a number of times previously and it is easy to see his selling points.

A scorer of spectacular goals who has made his name in the Premier League, and the fact he is a Muslim, simply adds to his appeal when it comes to playing for a Turkish club.

Recent days have seen claims that Newcastle won’t allow Papiss Cisse to go for less than £10m, which for a a 30 year old with a shocking injury and disciplinary record last season, doesn’t look the greatest bargain.

With 11 goals though, Cisse remains Newcastle’s only viable regular goalscorer at the club and with reports of serious interest in credible strikers such as Charlie Austin becoming increasingly diluted, the thought of Cisse leaving with no replacement already in place doesn’t bear thinking about.

This morning it was revealed that Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford had now turned down a Newcastle offer – with goals becoming an ever more valuable asset it leaves you wondering which players Newcastle can seriously compete for, unless Mike Ashley loosens the constraints on Unted’s transfer activity.