Demba Ba's dream of setting up a new MLS club in San Diego has moved a step closer to reality after the striker landed significant interest from investors.
Ba, who can still be found playing football on a season-long loan at Turkish outfit Besiktas, has even reportedly roped current Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard and Senegal teammate Moussa Sow into becoming two of the club's would-be owners.
The striker told Senegalese news outlet GalsenFoot about his future plans to set up a new club across the Atlantic Ocean, but stated that he would only reveal the name of the new team once he is given the green light to begin setting it up.
He said: “The club is based in San Diego, but I will only reveal its exact name once it gets the green light. We are nearing the end of our project, and waiting for it to be ratified. That should happen very soon.
“We have provided everything that the American second division wants. Once we receive the OK we will begin setting up our club and our team.
“The project needs a lot of money, but with my name and those of the people with me we don’t need to produce our own money to set it up.
“Our investors share our philosophy and values. My Senegal teammate Moussa Sow, myself and the others are fully involved in the project. The investors, who will put in their money to make the club work, have the same human values as ourselves.
“The people working with me are beyond reproach. The investors are very happy to put their hands in their pockets as they know they are dealing with men of worth.”
Speaking to a Paris radio station at the turn of the year, 31-year-old Ba revealed that Hazard had expressed interest in helping his former Chelsea team-mate out if need be.
Ba said at the time: "We have some players, a group of investors. One of the most famous guys is Eden Hazard, a very close friend of mine.
"He is excited as well, and often calls to ask when he is coming to San Diego."
If given permission to set up a new club, the San Diego-based side will ply their trade in the North American Soccer League - the US' second tier - when it expands in the coming years.
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