As we had reported earlier today Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has opted to join Stoke City on loan for the remainder of the season.
Shola Ameobi – should do well at Stoke City
Both Norwich and Ipswich were also interested in signing the 26 year-old before the emergency loan deadline expired today.
Norwich City and former Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder recently signed Maceo Rigters from Blackburn Rovers, but he may still be interested in acquiring the 6’2″ Ameobi in the summer, since he is a big fan of the Nigerian born player.
But this will put Stoke City in the driverâ€™s seat for capturing Ameobi in the summer, since it is almost certain he has played his last game for his home town club.
Ameobi always promised to be a big player at Newcastle, but has never fulfilled his early promise. He played for Newcastle United 168 times and scored 28 goals and came through Newcastle’s youth system, having moved to Newcastle when he was 9 years old from Zaria, Nigeria, his birthplace. He played for the England Under-21 side 20 times and bagged 7 goals.
We wish Shola the very best of luck in his loan spell, and it wouldnâ€™t surprise us in the least, if he starts to bang in some goals for the Potters before the end of the season.