The Shola Ameobi transfer from Newcastle is becoming a little like a soap opera, as news today that WBA have cooled their interest in the Zaria, Nigerian-born striker.
Shola Ameobi – WBA said to have cooled their interest
Shola was apparently expecting Tony Mowbray to offer him a chance to stay in the Premier League, with West Brom.
However, the Evening Chronicle is now reporting that West Brom are not sure about the Ameobi situation.
A source close to West Brom told the Chronicle today:
â€œThere was initial interest over Ameobi, but his name hasnâ€™t been mentioned for a while now.”
â€œThe board know that you canâ€™t live beyond your means when it comes to Premier League wages.”
â€œAnd they are going to look at all of the options before making a decision on who they bring in this time around.â€
Ameobi was loaned out to Stoke City just after Kevin Keegan arrived back at the club in January, but the loan was hardly a success, even though Stoke City gained automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Ipswich, Norwich and Hull City are just a few of the other clubs who have been reported to be interested in the 26 year-old striker.
But it could well be that the barrier to these clubs wrapping up a deal for Shola, is the wages he’s on at Newcastle, which are likely to be high (too high).
Shola has no future at Newcastle United, and it’s clear the club would like to have Shola move on as soon as possible.
That will further reduce the wage bill of some of our fringe players, and the Â£3M-Â£4M he will bring into the club, will also help in bringing in new and better players to the club.
If we count the 6 players who have already left the club, Diatta, Ramage, Emre, Carr, Rozehnal, Troisi and we add Ameobi and the jailed Joey Barton to that lot, then we’ve lost 8 of our first team squad, and haven’t yet brought in our first player of the summer.
And the club has said nothing, for over a week, on anything to do with transfers, even though Kevin returned to work last Monday.
Training starts a week come Monday.