Ameobi To Ipswich Town for £3.5M

Good news today on the transfer front, as Newcastle United are reported to have accepted a £3.5M bid from Ipswich Town for striker Shola Ameobi.


Shola Ameobi – to Ipswich Town for £3.5M

The 26-year-old was expected to leave sometime in the summer and initially Stoke City were the favorites to sign the player, but this will be a good move on both sides.

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 Robson’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 £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.




Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Rich

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1

    AWESOME £3.5M is a great deal for us, i honestly thought we would get £2 million max!!

  • Graham

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ll drive him there myself!

  • geordie in taipei

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #3

    So more players out, and still no players in !

  • Ashton

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    ” news in the Netherlands today suggests Newcastle United have an interest in HSV captain and playmaker, Rafael van der Vaart ”

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Good riddance useless donkey..he should have been sold years we have sold emre now shola…and we are chasing some cheap peruviuan from a club called hercules…and a 15 year old…heh heh that leaves us approx 8million spare god we could by a whole playground of rooney wannabees with that kind of wedge..

  • Craig Allen

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Wow. Great news for that price! wow.

    I’m sure Ipswich would be able to break even on shirt sales lol

    Bye Shola!

  • Rich

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    We shouldnt have sold Emre for less than 6 million in my opinion, thought he was really good v portugal!

  • Eric

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Wish Shola all the best. Hope he gets his career going. Would have thought he would have gone to Roeder though. There is of course the Bobby Robson connection with Ipswich. Still wish he could have made it with NUFC – but was not to be.

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Would be a great piece of bussines for us

  • sas

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #10

    If it happens, I hope it works out for him, 3.5million is a great deal for us.

    If we can ship Smith out too, it’d free up spaces and wages for another striker.

    Rich, I thought Emre was class too v portugal

  • Jim

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Same price quoted for Given to Arse nal!

  • Northumberland Magpie

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Newcastle Mad website say we are leading the chase for Van der Vaart would love it if we get him

  • scottish mag

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #13

    ameobi will probs do a chopra, move for a smaller fee, score loads of goals in the champ and get a 7m move to scumderland or…..maybe not lol

  • simon toon fan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #14

    What does everyone make of the given to arsenal would it be a bad thing if he went after all his loyal service for the club he deserves a chance to win some silverware. To be honest i dont think given has been the same world class keeper we used to know for past 2 seasons and harper has been a very good deputy and with forster, krul and the other danish keeper we look well covered for the future. If 4m a good deal for a 32 yr old? what dose everyone else think.

    yes smith out also

  • Ali

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Carr, Ramage, Ameobi, Emre all gone from our ‘very small’ (KK’s words) squad. I am getting increasingly nervous.

  • Bmore

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Hope VDV is true!

    Shame that Shola didn’t make it. Saw one of his first appearances when he kept putting Rio Ferdinand on his arse when we played Leeds.

    But £3.5m is a very good price, and we must be saving 30k a week as well.

  • Bmore

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    I wouldn’t be too sad if Given went. Harper is a very solid keeper – and if he played week in week out, I am sure he would get England honours.

    We also have some good youngsters coming through.

  • Leo

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #18

    hmmm good stuff good stuff 3.5p would have done

  • ehssi

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed. Shola moved to stoke in april 😉

  • paul the pom

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #20

    in regards to the players we have sold and has been good business.the last two years ameobi,emre and given have been permanently out injured and cost a fortune in wages,imo we will not miss what we havn’t had.i know we have been linked with some weird and not so wonderful names and the toon are getting restless,but ask yourself how much success have we had chasing big name players.NONE.look at the team we had under keegan last time,they didnt start off as household names but he built them into a team who played for each other.keep the faith i’m convinced were on the right track ,its just hard to take at the moment

  • Midjew

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #21
  • ToonKing

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #22

    taxi for Ameobi !! he should have went to Stoke 😀 , thanks for the memories Shola…ahahahahahah

  • ShearLegend9

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #23

    I know he’s terrible but absolutely agree with some comments above in that we’ve sold/given too many players now and the squad looks weak pretty much all over the field (goalkeepers excepted).

    Please take a moment however to reminisce upon the brace of goals Shola scored against Sunderland in the 3-2 win in that great season in which the mackems failed miserably in the Premier League.

    That moment aside…good riddance.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #24

    He scored some good goals for us in europe too!..
    …Good luck Shola!..

  • Obafan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #25

    The best of luck for Shola. I always thought he would have made it, but it isn’t meant to be. He played a few good seasons under Sir Bobby, but after that he got weaker every season.

    We also have to keep in mind that 2 seasons ago he played a whole year with a shoulder injury.

    Good luck Shola, I really hope that you can rebuild your carreer at Ipswich.

  • Darryl

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Carr, Ramage, Ameobi and Emre… are all poor players – How many times has emre played since he joined, please?

    I could imagine emre being on 40-60k a week anyway, and with him leaving, theres space for another 1 or 2 players there.

    So if we get 3.5 for ameobi, then i heard it was 8,5 for emre? regardless, if we get back what we payed for him, im not bothered.

  • Tripp

    Jun 9, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #27

    The problem with “getting back what we paid for him” is that with the wage inflation that we’ve seen over the last couple of years, we have to get considerably more to break even in terms of buying power. Still, it’s nice to free up under-utilized wages so that they can be used elsewhere.

  • Spot The Zebra

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #28

    A good deal for all those concerned.Shola just wasnt good enough in the end but lets not forget how he played for us whilst having to take pain killers for half a season.Id like to wish him well for the future.

  • howaytheladsII

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #29

    i think 3.5m is a good price for selling Shola

  • clinta

    Jun 10, 2008 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #30

    Can’t picture the big lanky lad in a tractor!

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 10, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #31

    a wud hav snatched their hands off for £2mil.£3.5 mil canny gd bit of money 4 him. hes had his chances. His younger bro plays 4 the academy hes meant 2 be terrible me m8 used 2 play nd sed there was better players but he got in because of his name.


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