Moyes: I missed out on Ba

Everton manager David Moyes has revealed he missed out on

signing striker Demba Ba before the start of last season.

The Toffees were one of a number of clubs attempting to sign the

Senegal international following his departure from West Ham but he

eventually opted to sign for Newcastle.

The 27-year-old then helped fire the Magpies into fifth place in

the table and was voted signing of the season by Premier League


Moyes, whose side host Newcastle on Monday, said: “Ba was

someone I was really interested in last year, but for a number of

reasons the deal just didn’t come off.

“He’s just another one of those who got away, and I’ve had

plenty of them down the years.

“We couldn’t get Ba in and he did very well at Newcastle, but

other options opened up for us in January and we were happy with

what we got.”