Chelsea are in negotiations with Demba Ba’s representatives

Benitez in talks with Ba as striker prepares to depart Newcastle

Chelsea were tonight in negotiations with the representatives of Demba Ba over a move for the Senegalese striker, with the Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, admitting that he is powerless to keep him at St James' Park.

Rafa Benitez (left) and his Villa rival Paul Lambert shout instructions

Clean sheets indicate Chelsea are back to their best claims Petr Cech

The Blues' results are improving under Rafael Benitez

Juan Mata celebrates Chelsea's opening goal

Juan Mata eager for more after scoring winning goal for Chelsea

Spaniard scored only goal in victory over Norwich

Lukaku wants to return to Chelsea – but not quite yet

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A view of Elland Road

Police call for calm at Capital One Cup tie between Leeds and Chelsea

The quarter-final at Elland Road is expected to be played in a heated atmosphere

Rafa Benitez’s start with Chelsea was put into context yesterday

Leeds facing Chelsea at the right time says midfielder Lee Peltier

Chelsea play Leeds at Elland Road tonight

Leeds will take confidence from Chelsea troubles says Tore Andre Flo

Leeds take on Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday

Juan Mata: The midfielder needs to recharge his batteries, says Chelsea's manager, Roberto Di Matteo.

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata aware of Leeds 'history'

Blues take on Leeds in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday

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Win a bottle of wine

David Luiz hoping to disappoint Corinthians fans in Club World Cup final

Chelsea take on Brazilian side on Sunday

Frank Lampard: The England midfielder has only six months left on his deal at Chelsea

Rafael Benitez insists Frank Lampard is not being discarded by Chelsea

Midfielder says he has years at the top level in him

Chelsea defender David Luiz

Chelsea defender David Luiz open to midfield switch

Oriol Romeu injury has left gap to fill

Beyond the Bale: Clint Dempsey (right) has proved an effective replacement for the injured Gareth Bale

Dempsey can be the new Bale, insists Villas-Boas

Visit to Goodison presents stern test of recent form in absence of Spurs' inspirational winger

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill hopes experience will steer Sunderland away fromdrop zone

Black Cats have struggled this term

Andre Villas-Boas reacts after seeing Spurs take the lead

Chelsea do not deserve place in Europa League says former manager Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham have also qualified for the last-32

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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New census reveals 17% since 2003