While I am not completely surprised that Ba signed with Newcastle, I am disappointed. He was a proven Premier League player (albiet with a history of injuries) and we would only have to pay his wages, even though they were high. I never really believed the Klose rumor, but I thought we had a good shot of signing Ba. With Ba signing elsewhere, this begs the question: If we can't convince Ba to come to our club, who can we convince? I don't think we'll be able to entice many players (other than lower league/division players that have overachieved) if we can't get Ba. Maybe we we had absolutely no cash and could not even afford his wages (or bonus) without selling Yobo or the Yak. But if that's the case, it's going to be a long summer.