The Nigerian striker, Shola Ameobi, returns from his honeymoon this week, and we expect him to leave the only club he has ever played for, very shortly.
Shola Ameobi – West Brom are latest favorites to sign him
Shola has had a rough time with injuries over the last couple of seasons, mainly with his hip, and first-team opportunities have been limited as a result of this.
His hip is now OK after a successful operation last October at the famed Steadman-Hawkins clinic in Denver.
He played just 6 times last season for the Magpies, and found that he had dropped way down in the pecking order behind Mark Viduka, Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins who occupied the starting striker spots for most of last season.
And even 19 year-old England Under-19 international striker, Andy Carroll, looked like he was overtaking Shola towards the end of the season.
There have been multiple clubs interested in Shola, with interest from Stoke, Ipswich, Norwich and Hull City.
But West Brom manager Tony Mowbray looks like he is set to capture Ameobi, having already signed Luke Moore from Aston Villa and Roman Bednar from Hearts this summer.
The fee quoted in the reports is a low Â£2.5M, but we are hoping that Newcastle can get Â£4M for the player, who has made over 160 appearances for Newcastle United and 20 appearances for the England Under-21 side.
Whoever is successful in getting Shola, we expect a deal to be completed before the end of this week.