Ipswich Town could well be taking Shola Ameobi to East Anglia with the fee said to be around Â£2.5M.
Shola Ameobi - moving to Ipswich?
But Shola will need to prove to Ipswich manager Jim Magilton that he still has the ambition and drive to want to succeed away from his home town club, who heâ€™s been associated with for 13 years.
Jim Magilton said:
â€œNewcastle have given us permission to talk to the lad and we have been in contact with his agent,â€
â€œI leave the initial talks to Derek Bowden and if we get to a point of agreeing, then I will sit down and look him in the eye and see if he has the desire Iâ€™m looking for.â€
â€œNewcastle are looking to offload the boy as he is in the last year of his contract.â€
If Ameobi does depart St Jamesâ€™s Park, it will be another local lad who has not made it longer term at the club.
Oba was first spotted back in 1995 playing for Walker Central youth team and he was able to make the first team break-through at Newcastle under then manager Bobby Robson.
Shola has played more than 150 games for the club, scoring 28 goals, yet some supporters have been unconvinced about Shola for some time. Inconsistency has been his problem but that may have been caused by the many injuries heâ€™s had over the last few seasons, and itâ€™s certainly true that heâ€™s played injured more than once.
â€œSir Bobby knows him chapter and verse, and I will talk to him about Shola,â€ â€œHe is a lad with immense promise but at 26 years old he needs to start fulfilling that promise. He didnâ€™t have a fantastic time on loan at Stoke but he was probably hampered by an injury.â€
â€œIt is up to him now. If he wants to hang around Newcastle and then be a free agent then fine but if he wants to show a desire to play at Championship level then we would be a club interested in him.â€
This saga has dragged on a long time so we hope this one will finally go through.