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Demba Ba Reveals He Was Once Locked In A Car Boot To Hide Transfer

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Demba Ba Reveals He Was Once Locked In A Car Boot To Hide Transfer

Demba Ba has revealed that he was once smuggled into a Premier League club in the boot of a car, with the team struggling in a relegation battle.

Whilst Harry Redknapp made cars on transfer deadline day his signature, it was Peter Odemwingie who created the most iconic crossover of the two things.

The then West Brom striker parked outside QPR's Loftus Road ground in January 2013, thinking he was being allowed a transfer, when that wasn't the case.

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However Ba has revealed that he has his own tale of a transfer and being in a car, but he wouldn't have been spotted as he was in the boot, being hidden on purpose.

It came in January 2011, when the Senegal striker was moving from Hoffenheim to West Ham, after Stoke City rejected the chance to sign him, and the Hammers were worried about someone getting in their way.

"They said they didn’t want journalists to find out, so I obeyed," the former Chelsea striker told the Athletic.

"It wasn’t the biggest boot. It was like "boom, boom", I’m hitting my head at every corner."

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Ba had a good spell for West Ham but it ended in failure. Image: PA Images
Ba had a good spell for West Ham but it ended in failure. Image: PA Images

His arrival was intended to help the team avoid the drop into the Championship and Ba did manage to score seven goals in 12 appearances for the club.

However, it wasn't enough for them to get out of the relegation zone and he was free to move to Newcastle United on a free transfer.

Ba continued to impress in the north east, and scored 29 goals in 54 games in the league, leading to him earning a move to Chelsea.

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His success didn't quite carry on to the same level after going to west London but his most famous moment came whilst playing for the Blues.

Ba scores his most famous goal. Image: PA Images
Ba scores his most famous goal. Image: PA Images

The striker scored the famous goal following Steven Gerrard's slip, that ultimately cost Liverpool and Gerrard their first Premier League title in 2014.

Ba revealed that he doesn't feel the Rangers manager. "I only realised how big a deal that was a couple of years later, when people still talked about it," the striker told the Athletic.

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"They still talk about it!

"It was traumatic for them. But we didn’t enjoy the fact that we killed their dream, we simply enjoyed winning," he might want to check in with Jose Mourinho about that one.

"No, not really. Because that’s the game," the 36-year-old said when asked if he felt sorry for the former England midfielder.

"You make errors and others take advantage. What Steven Gerrard has done for the world of football is tremendous. But this is life, unfortunately. Not all stories can end in fairy tales."

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Cinderella certainly travelled in a pumpkin and not a boot...

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: West Ham United, Premier League, Demba Ba, Transfers

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