Stoke try for Ba on loan
Hoffenheim have revealed Stoke City have now made an approach to sign striker Demba Ba on loan.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 17/01/11 11:16am
Hoffenheim have revealed Stoke City have now made an approach to sign Demba Ba on loan after the collapse of the striker's permanent move to the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke had been hoping to finalise a deal for Ba over the weekend after agreeing a fee with Hoffenheim and settling on personal terms with the Senegal international.
However, Ba failed a medical and Potters boss Tony Pulis expressed his disappointment at the deal falling through following Saturday's win over Bolton Wanderers.
Bundesliga side Hoffenheim believe a deal could yet be resurrected, but insist the former West Ham United target will not be going anywhere on loan.
"The Stoke manager is desperate to land Demba Ba," Hoffenheim's general manager Ernst Tanner told the Heilbronner Stimme newspaper.
"The failed medical by Demba appears to me just an element of show in the whole transfer saga.
"Stoke are so keen on Demba that they have now come up with a proposal to sign Demba Ba on loan.
"This is certainly nothing we are going to agree to, but we will keep staying in touch with Stoke City though.
"It's a fact that we had everything done with Stoke regarding a transfer before Demba Ba failed to get through that medical."
Tanner added: "We are certain in our viewpoint that Demba Ba is not going to play for us anymore and we will be sitting down on Monday to discuss which strategy will be pursued by Hoffenheim 1899 in the forthcoming aspects of this affair."