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Ex-Hammer hangs up boots

Former West Ham star Demba Ba has retired.

The ex-striker enjoyed an excellent spell in the Premier League with a number of clubs.

Ba played for the Irons in 2011, then played for Newcastle between 2011 and 2013, and then moved to Chelsea, where he spent a year and a half.

In total, the former Senegal international made 99 appearances, scoring 43 goals and registering 11 assists.

During his time at West Ham, Ba only made 13 appearances but he did score seven goals, including strikes against both Liverpool and Manchester City.

Ba was more of a fixture at Newcastle, where he made 58 appearances and scored 29 goals, registering seven assists.

At Chelsea, he made 51 appearances, scoring 14 goals, and registering five assists.

Ba enjoyed a varied career and also played for Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir, Shanghai Shenhua, Besiktas, Goztepe, Excelsior Mouscron and FC Lugano.

Now 36, Ba has decided to hang up his boots, having walked away from Lugano in August.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.