Newcastle United have completed the signing of Senegal striker Demba Ba from West Ham.
The 26-year-old, who scored seven goals in 13 outings for the Hammers in the second half of the 2010-11 campaign, has joined on a three-year deal.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said: "Demba made a great impression at West Ham last season and is a great signing for the club.
"He has pace, excellent technical ability, is good in the air."
Pardew had made his intention to sign a striker clear this summer in his bid to fill the void left following
Andy Carroll's £35m move to Liverpool in January
The Magpies boss added: "And, it goes without saying, [Demba] has the ability to consistently find the back of the net.
"Moreover he has a great passion to play for Newcastle United."
Ba's move to Tyneside has taken place despite concerns over a knee injury that resulted in Stoke pulling out of a deal to sign him before West Ham drafted him in.
DEMBA BA IN FOCUS
- Born in Paris suburb of Sevres
- One of eight children
- Previous clubs: Rouen, Mouscron, Hoffenheim, West Ham
The former Hoffenheim forward's goals could not save the Hammers from
relegation from the Premier League last season
and he is understood to have moved on because of a release clause in the three-year contract he signed with the Upton Park outfit in January.
Ba's transfer to St James's Park comes a day after midfielder Kevin Nolan made the move in the opposite direction, from the Magpies to Upton Park.
The Senegal striker's arrival also provides Pardew with his second signing of the summer following the capture of France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye earlier this month.
"Everything has been sorted out and now I'm happy because I can start to focus on playing and scoring goals for Newcastle," Ba stated.
"This is a great club and a very good team so to sign here was an easy choice to make.
"I have spoken to [winger] Hatem [Ben Arfa] about the club and he told me how happy he is here and how big Newcastle are so I'm really happy and I can't wait to start playing.
"I know a lot of famous strikers have played here before and I will do my best to win games for the club."