It seems another slow news day for Newcastle United, and certainly the efforts to transfer 26 year-old striker Shola Ameobi have met with little success this summer so far.
Shola Ameobi – no takers yet
This is what happens when you overpay a player at the club, because then other clubs are unwilling to meet his wage demands, and it also looks like the fee of Â£3M we want for Ameobi will need to be reduced.
Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton is now looking at other strikers and said yesterday:
â€œWe have not heard a dickie bird from him, his agent or Newcastle, so I imagine he has gone back to Newcastle,â€
The transfer saga is now a source of frustration for both the player, who has more than 160 first team appearances for Newcastle United, and 20 England Under-21 caps, and his home town club.
Sources close to Ameobi have told The Newcastle Journal this morning that Shola will probably not leave the club in the next 2 weeks and it may be towards the end of August when his move finally happens.
The Newcastle valuation of Â£3M seems fairly reasonable, but seems to be putting lots of clubs off, and may need to come down, if we are to transfer a player who clearly has no future on Tyneside.
The sooner this transfer happens the better for everyone concerned, but we probably shouldn’t hold our breath.