Whilst Mike Ashley didn’t exactly try very hard to keep Demba Ba at Newcastle United, the player was still dubbed a mercenary by fans as every transfer window brought agitation from the player for a move.

The belief that money is the striker’s overwhelming driving force appears to be confirmed with his latest move.

Despite interest from Premier League clubs and those from other major European Leagues, Demba Ba has taken the big bucks on offer from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Eurosport confirming this afternoon that the former Newcastle striker has agreed a £9.2m move from Besiktas.

Scoring 27 goals in 44 matches last season for the Turkish club, Demba Ba also had the added attraction of Champions League football at Besiktas, that though has disappeared with a relatively disappointing league campaign last season which saw them end up in third position.

Turning 30 years old last month, it is surprising and disappointing to see a striker of Demba Ba’s quality, choosing massive money but a low standard of football when he is at his peak.

Recent days have seen press speculation in Turkey that Besiktas are interested in taking on Papiss Cisse, with Demba Ba’s departure widely expected.

It will be interesting to see if there is now any serious interest in Cisse from Besiktas, with Mike Ashley not having any hesitation in the past of selling players in the past with no replacements necessarily lined up.

Maybe the best example being…Demba Ba. Sold 30 months ago by Mike Ashley and still not replaced by the Newcastle United owner.