News today that Shola Ameobiâ€™s proposed move to Ipswich Town for Â£3.5M has fallen through.
Shola Ameobi – turned down Ipswich Town
Apparently Newcastle United had agreed the fee with Ipswich Town to let the 26-year-the old striker move to Portman Road.
But it seems that two things are stopping Ameobi from moving immediately.
One is probably his wage bill, and whether clubs are willing to match the good terms he is getting at Newcastle.
And another is he would probably like to stay with a club in the Premier League.
And if a Premier League club comes in heâ€™ll be more likely to get a good wage package from them. Of course he turned down Stoke City, who will be playing in the Premiership next season.
But Newcastle will want to move Ameobi out fairly quickly, so they get some money for him, and also have a better idea of where they stand on the total wage front.
We think they are clearing fringe players out, so they can then offer Owen, Taylor and Harper the best terms they can muster.
That seems fine, because those three have produced for Newcastle last season, while others moving out generally haven’t.
We think thereâ€™ll be increasing pressure on Shola to take a deal, since heâ€™s now turned down good offers from both Stoke City and Ipswich Town, two very good clubs, where he could do well.
Glenn Roeder and Norwich are of course interested in Shola, but weâ€™re not sure Norwich have the cash.
We’ll just have to see what happens but we’d be happier if Shola moves sooner, rather than later.