Newcastle United have clinched the transfer of Senegalese striker Demba Ba from West Ham United following the departure of captain Kevin Nolan in the opposite direction.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been a long-time admirer of Ba, who scored seven goals in 13 appearances for the Hammers in the second half of the season. Ba, 26, is Pardew's second signing of the summer following the acquisition of French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
"Demba made a great impression with West Ham last season and is a great signing for this club," Pardew said.
"He has pace, excellent technical ability, is good in the air, and it goes without saying, has the ability to consistently find the back of the net. "Moreover he has a great passion to play for Newcastle United."
Ba has won ten caps for Senegal, scoring three times since making his debut in 2007. Meanwhile, West Ham owner David Gold has hailed the signing of Newcastle captain Nolan, a transfer he believes could help the club bounce back into the top flight.
"I think he is quality," Gold told Sky Sports News. "He has that determination, that will and desire, which Sam has and the owners have. "I know the fans are delighted with this signing, it's a coup of West Ham. If we were in the Premier League you'd expect us to be pursuing a player of this quality."