It looks like another slow day as far as news on Newcastle United, but it does look like West Brom may have rekindled their interest in Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.
Shola Ameobi – WBA interested again
It’s very slow for news, but not unlike the time recently, when Newcastle announced we had signed Gutierrez, and we’re checking the official site regularly for who we may bring in next. Surely we’ll get another player in this week.
Shola’s proposed move to The Hawthorns appeared to have collapsed last week, when Shola was all ready to sign for the club, but then there was a chance that Kevin Phillips would stay at WBA for another year, and the deal got shelved.
However, over the weekend Phillips decided he will indeed move to Birmingham, so the Ameobi move is back on, as we suggested last Saturday..
Ameobi is keen to leave Newcastle so he can get regular first-team football, but it appears that the asking price of Â£3M has put a lot of clubs off.
Shola is now back in training and his transfer out of Newcastle has dragged on for several weeks, and we think if Newcastle get a reasonable offer for Shola, say even Â£2.5M, they’ll be pleased to take it, because Shola is not part of Keegan’s plans at Newcastle.
The other problem is that Shola’s on big wages at the club, and that’s why it’s so difficult for us to unload players, because we pay a lot of them too much money, and certainly more than they deserve.
Hopefully, Mike Ashley is changing that, although he’ll still pay good wages for good players who produce at the club, like young Steven Taylor, who got a great new 3 year contract recently.
Stoke City, Ipswich Town and Norwich City have all been in contact with Newcastle, to ask how much the Magpies want for Ameobi, but they didn’t follow through with their interest.
Former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder is now in charge at Carrow Road, and had an excellent relationship with the striker, during the time he managed the Tyneside club, and Shola certainly scored the goals when Glenn was in charge.
A source close to the player told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œShola would be willing to move to Norwich because he enjoyed working with Glenn Roeder and he gets on well with (Norwich assistant manager) Lee Clark, but the problem is the fee and his wages.”
â€œAt this stage, Norwich havenâ€™t got the money to sign him, but they are hoping Newcastle will accept a reduced offer the closer it gets to the start of the season.â€
Another potential transfer for Shola, but we must say this story seems like deja vu, all over again.
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