Ameobi Transfer Becoming A Soap Opera

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:

“There was initial interest over Ameobi, but his name hasn’t been mentioned for a while now.”

“The board know that you can’t live beyond your means when it comes to Premier League wages.”

“And they are going to look at all of the options before making a decision on who they bring in this time around.”

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 £3M-£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.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Ben_BKK

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh come on, somebody has to buy him off us…

  • sas

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Just give him away

  • sas

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Actually, given a choice between him and Smith, I’d be inclined to keep Shola.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Welcome to Newcastle!

  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Absolutely right SAS, Smith makes Shola look prolific !!

  • Tore Torell

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Smith HAS to go, he’s useless. Keeping players like his would be an insult to the supporters showing up at SJP week after week…

  • Hadji

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Shola for 4 mill would be the deal of the century for our club…..but who will be so dumb to splash 4 mill on him.
    2 mill is the max we can get for him

  • Max

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    well maybe we should start a petition to get smith out or would that put off potential buyers if there are some…..

  • Goerdie Den

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    I would like to say that Shola is so bad clubs are not sure now. I watched 2-3 years ago and everyone including shola said he was our next no 9. he would fill shearers boots. he isnt fit to clean shearers boots let alone fill them. smith i would keep as he can play midfield and he always gives his all. a full season with KK and he could be a world beater again.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    shola is a greedy twat. he knows he will have a mega thin chance of even making the bench next season but still the money grabbing twat would rather sit at home on a saturday watching footy than playing it, just cos he wants mega money. is he stupid, he aint a mega player. i would offer him out for 1million, smith 1 million too. leeches.
    On the subject of strikers, i dont think we really need them as a priority. we have owen and martins – shit hot, viduka – lazy and fat but gifted and young carroll. i think we should be looking for some spped on our right wing (as i reckon we will go back to 4-4-2 next season) and an all round world class dogs bollocks central midfielder.


    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    I predict that Mister Bungee will still be a Toon player next season, will suddenly transform from duck to swan and will be our top scorer in a championship winning season.

  • Toon1

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #12

    you are obviously joing saying smith is worse than ameobi?

  • xfer

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Both have to go.

  • Dondata13

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Ameobi = Twat!

  • Hammy

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Howay lads, any prospective buyers reading this blog wouldn’t touch Shola and Smith with a barge pole, if you get my drift.

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #16

    They are both shit. They are not even good enough for the Championship.

    They will be moved on, garenteed.

    Its just a matter of time. We are leaving it a bit late, but we will sign the players we need, and get rid of the shite on big wages

  • Hammy

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #17

    I personally think Shola and Smithy have potential to be world class superstars, please don’t go lads….

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    @Hammy, what have you been smoking mate? !!! 🙂

  • Hadji

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Hammy gimme some of that s–t you’re smoking.


    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #20

    I totally agree with Hammy, I can see Shola being an integral, essential part of both the Toon and the England setup. Pass the Duchy please.

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #21

    The club is hardly moving slow, it isn’t even July and you are talking like FFS is still the boss! when August comes, if our squad isn’t what it should be, then is the time to moan, untill then, enjoy the fact we aren’t having to watch Fat Bast-ard Alarshite’s football anymore!

  • Hadji

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Shola is England’s next Lineker…..hahahaha,Hammy this thing really works you know.

  • Jeff D

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Not the old ” A source close to, told the Chronicle today” Cliche again.
    Its obviously bollocks.

  • Jeff D

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Why are we even asking for a transfer for Ameobi? Surely its better for all if he went on a free or a swap. I hear Ashly needs a new set of ring spanners…. Hey its an option!!

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #25

    ameobi is a leech, greedy crap player, go to league 1

  • Shanghaitoon

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #26

    This is off subject but I thought it was funny ….

    Message from the Queen…

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    1. Then look up aluminum, and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.
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    3. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as “like” and “you know” is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as US English. We will let M*crosoft know on your behalf. The M*crosoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter “u” and the elimination of -ize.


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    7. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables.

    Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.


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    13. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.


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  • Leo

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #27

    well i like many would rather have ameobi in my team than smith, im not saying they are great footballers but if they stay i turned over a new leaf stating i will not slate a footballer at newcastle unless they do something adverse like say erm going to jail…

    etc. shola stays and i will support him when he is on the field

    if we can get decent money for them then let them go and get some better people in such as derdiyok or gomis etc…

  • Leo

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #28

    shanghitoon you had me in stiches there mate, quality.

    thats probably got the award for the longest post i think?

  • Piers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Who cares…..?!?

  • dick

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #30

    I think he will see out his contract then retire he dont need millions to live like most other players

  • Potski

    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #31

    The trouble we’re facing in terms of selling players on (where their wages at NUFC are far higher than they’re worth anywhere else) illustrates what poor value for money the fans at SJP are getting and is certainly a factor in our underachievement in recent seasons.
    This fully justifies Mike Ashley’s approach to slashing the wage bill and also dedicating Dennis Wise to the recruitment of potential young stars.
    The difficulty arises that this is a long-term strategy and without massive spending (which seems unlikely) the club will struggle to comlpete for an elusive top half finish in the Premier League.

  • scott9

    Jun 28, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #32

    been a hull city (n newcastle obviously) fan myself as i live in hull i can tell u we wud never buy shola ameobi for 4m he just isnt worth it n as west brom r simalar in size to us i think thats wot they hav thought twice about we have caleb folan who is just as good plus fraizer cambell from manu hopefully who is twice the player .

  • Ben K

    Jun 28, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Shanghitoon, I feel obligated to offer at least a cursory objection, despite the your satirical intentions.
    Baseball is played on 3 continents and is clearly superior to cricket, which is crap.
    I admire football, but how can you call the American version sissy when soccer players shamelessly pretend to be fouled and lay on the ground as if they were shot. I understand the physical nature of the premiership, but footballers face not one tenth of the punishment endured by their gridiron brethren.
    Maybe you’re still somewhat bitter about the collapse of the British Empire and the increasing irrelevance of english pop culture in wake of continued American dominance. At least you still have the pound sterling.
    I did want to answer some of the other points directly. The CIA killed JFK, everyone knows this. We pronounce and spell words differently because we speak a different version of English. And there is no way we’re going to start taking tea at 4 p.m., as we’re not a bunch of queers.

  • jettson

    Jun 29, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Shola has always thought himself better than he actually is, for a big man he never uses his strength to his advantage, nor is he a prolific goalscorer imo he is championship standard at best, he has to realise that, KK did after one game. He has to move on and soon so we can free up more cash for KK to use on proven quality! id have thought ipswich or norwich would have been an ideal base for Shola, lets hope he moves on. with the situation quiet as SJP id like to see either Podolski or Derdiyok here with them fighting for places alonside Owen, Martins and When fit Viduka! must buy a min of 8 players now, 4 of which must be 1st team regulars!

  • Shanghaitoon

    Jun 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Ben K … Joke mate… I guess you didn’t see it… Sad!!

    There is no different version of English…
    Its called ENGLISH!!

    Tiddly winks is superior to Cricket too. But as I said.. JOKE mate… Get a life!!


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