NEWCASTLE United have been told to forget about re-signing former striker Demba Ba on loan - unless they are willing to cough up £3m.
Chelsea are demanding a loan fee for the striker, who has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge since the return of Jose Mourinho.
Newcastle are willing to pay £1m to take the 28-year-old for the season, according to west London sources.
But Chelsea - who paid £7m for Ba in January - are looking for around three times that figure.
United manager Alan Pardew - who is keen for the club to bring in another striker to St James’s Park - wouldn’t be drawn on the club’s efforts in the transfer market after last night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Morecambe.
Ba recently indicated he is unwilling to spend a campaign on the bench at Chelsea, who activated a release clause in his Newcastle contract while Rafa Benitez was in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The Senegal international has also been offered to clubs on a permanent deal for a fee of around £10m.
United’s only signing so far this summer, striker Loic Remy, came on a £2m loan from Queens Park Rangers.
Newcastle could also revive their interest in Olympique Lyonnais striker Bafetimbi Gomis.
Lyon were last night knocked out of the Champions League.
And United - who backed out of a proposed deal earlier his month - could take advantage of the Ligue 1 club’s plight.
Gomis had been keen on a move to St James’s Park, but negotiations stalled over the fees and commissions owed to those involved.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are yet to make an improved offer for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The north London club last week had a £10m bid for the midfielder rejected by United.