Good news today on the transfer front, as Newcastle United are reported to have accepted a Â£3.5M bid from Ipswich Town for striker Shola Ameobi.
Shola Ameobi – to Ipswich Town for Â£3.5M
Ameobi was first linked with the Blues back in March, and he is a local Newcastle lad, having moved to Newcastle from Nigeria when he was 9 years old, and joined the Newcastle Youth set up when he was a 13-year-old.
The 6′ 3″ striker made his Newcastle debut in 2000/2001 during Sir Bobby Robsonâ€™s time at the club, and seemed completely oblivious and unphased by the big time.
He scored a total of 46 goals in 135 starts and 95 sub appearances for the Magpies, and that was just not enough goals for an out and out striker.
Shola will go down at Newcastle as potentially a very good striker, who for whatever reason, never fulfilled his significant early promise.
In January, Ameobi joined Stoke City on loan, but failed to score in three starts and three substitute appearances.
It’s reported that Norwich City (Glenn Roeder) and Middlesbrough were among the clubs chasing the striker, who was also linked with a move to MLS club Toronto FC.
Stoke City were reported to be ready to offer Â£4M for Ameobi only last week, but we think Newcastle will be happy with the transfer fee they have received from Ipswich.
We now expect Shola to press on with his career, and hopefully resurrect it, and he should be able to get a few goals in the Championship for the East Anglia club.
We wish him every success in his future career away from Tyneside.