It has been reported that Chelsea rejected late offers from Tottenham and Arsenal for Demba Ba last night.
The London Evening Standard claims that the two North London clubs both made deadline day enquiries for the Senegal international striker but were rebuffed by the Blues who would prefer him to move to clubs not deemed to be rivals.
It is said that the Gunners were looking to secure the services of the out of favour striker for the forthcoming campaign and the deal looked likely to happen as the clock ticked down on the deadline.
However Chelsea pulled out of the deal insisting they will not allow one of their prize assets move to another club vying for a top four sport in the Premier League.
Tottenham were also interested in the former Newcastle United striker but speculation cooled surrounding a move to White Hart Lane and Chelsea’s stance would suggest that Spurs are unlikely to persuade the Blues to allow the 28-year-old a move to north London.