Shola Ameobi’s agent has today quashed all the rumors from yesterday surrounding Ipswich Town making a Â£3.5M bid for his player.
Shola Ameobi – seems in demand
Ameobiâ€™s representative Steven Denos, spoke to the Newcastle Journal this morning, and indicated that Newcastle are yet to receive an acceptable offer for the Nigerian born striker.
â€œAs far as Iâ€™m concerned Ipswich have not put a bid in for Shola.”
“There has certainly been no dialog from Newcastle to me to the effect that a bid has been submitted from any club at this stage.”
â€œOur position is that we will be willing to talk to any club that puts a bid in to Newcastle that is acceptable.â€
What is becoming clear is that Newcastle are very likely to get the Â£4M fee they want for Ameobi, since there are already a number of clubs interested including Ipswich Town, Norwich City, Middlesbrough and Stoke City, to name but four.
Glenn Roeder, the Norwich manager, returned from a family vacation to Orlando last weekend, and he no doubt will be pondering a bid, although the fee would appear too much for Norwich.
There has also been reported interest from former Newcastle coach John Carver, at MLS club Toronto FC, but not surprisingly Ameobi is not interested in a move to North America, at this stage of his career.
Ipswich would still appear to be best positioned to get Shola, and as we reported yesterday we think it would be a good deal for both player and club. It was at least interesting that Ipswich Town refused to comment on yesterday’s news.
Ipswich have enough money due to cash being available from businessman Marcus Evans, although Ipswichâ€™s current wage structure may be a problem for Shola.
Like most of Newcastle’s players, Shola will be on a good compensation at the club, and will be hoping to at least maintain that level when he moves.
But the news is that the Ipswich club may be unwilling to go above the Â£10K/week mark â€“ a figure way below the basic salary that Ameobi will be on at St Jamesâ€™ Park. We think Ameobi will be getting around 3 times that figure at Newcastle, at a guess.
Middlesbrough would be able to pay Ameobi top wages, but it’s not known the extent of the Teesside club’s interest in Shola.
Not surprisingly, Denos is only too interested to talk to any club if they had a bid accepted:
â€œOne thing for certain is that Newcastle would want a hefty transfer fee for him,â€
â€œHeâ€™s not going to MLS. Weâ€™ve had no contact from Middlesbrough and no offer in from Norwich City.â€
We still think we’ll have little problem in getting a good deal for Shola, from Newcastle’s perspective, it just may take a little time.