The Shields Gazette is saying today that if Stoke City win promotion to the Premier league they will shell out Â£4M for Shola Ameobi.
Shola Ameobi – will go to Stoke City in the summer?
We know that Stoke initially paid Newcastle Â£750K for the loan deal and are also paying his wages, but Shola has also been on the bench the last two games
Apparently Shola has had more injury problems since he moved to Stoke, and has hardly been worth his Â£750K loan fee so far, but if this puts Stoke in the driverâ€™s seat to get Shola Ameobi in the summer, it may be worth it for them. And it would be very nice if Shola scores the winning goal in their last game of the season against Leicester City at home – a game which they only have to draw to gain promotion. They will also get promotion if Hull fail to win their game at Ipswich next Sunday.
We expect this is an option Stoke City have if they want to complete the deal, but we know Norwich City and Glenn Roeder will be very interested in taking Shola to the East Anglia club in the summer, so there will definitely be some competition for Shola this summer.
But Â£4M for Shola is a good deal for Newcastle â€“ a great deal in fact, and if we can also get Â£6M for Alan Smith from Rangers, thatâ€™s another good deal for the club.
Things may be looking up for the summer.