Newcastle Striker Wanted By West Ham?

There are made-up stories and there are made-up stories,  but the story published recently by Caughtoffside may be hard to beat – as they suggest that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants to buy 30 year-old Shola Ameobi from Newcastle for around £2.5M.

Shola Ameobi scores late equalizer against Sunderland last season

Sam is well known for buying older stars, and that;’s just one reason that he wasn’t the right manager for Newcastle, after Mike Ashley bought the club, and of course Sam was appointed in May of 2007 by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd.

Sam was sacked in early January, after a string of poor results, but it was presumably because of Sam’s negative tactics, that had him fired on Tyneside.

The news is that Norwich striker – 30 year old Grant Holt is too expensive and that Shola is Sam Allardyce’s next pick.

And his preference for older stars has again been illustrated last week, as Sam is trying to get former world-class Real Madrid midfielder Guti, who is now 35, to Upton Park.

Guti was a great player, and played 542 times with 77 goals for the Spanish giants, but at 35 he’s past it, and we wonder what the wages West Ham will be paying for him?

It sounds a bit like what Freddy Shepherd used to do at Newcastle, bring in big names who were over the hill, but pay them huge wages, which is maybe why Freddy hired big Sam in the first place.

Where’s the future in those kind of transfer dealings?

Back to Shola, who  doesn’t get too much playing time at Newcastle these days, but he is very important player to manager Alan Pardew.

And of course he can come on and score some vital goals, like he did last season, scoring a brilliant late equalizer against Spurs at St. James’ Park, and then the very late equalizer against Sunderland – again at St. James’ Park.

And a key statistic that Shola has is that he has a good habit of scoring good goals against the enemy, Sunderland, with 7  goals in just 12 appearances.

Shola has his critics on Tyneside, but manager Alan Pardew has made it clear to everybody who will listen, that Shola is a first class professional, and a major influence in the dressing room.

And as we saw last season he can make quite an impact when he is brought on in the second half of games.

Shola  Ameobi is going nowhere, and we also expect Shola to become a Newcastle coach, after his playing career is over on Tyneside.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Highly doubt it.

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    i highly doubt any club would ever pay a transfer fee for shola , no offence

  • Toon_boy89

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    I heard they were after that Elias aswell wouldn’t mind seeing him in a toon shirt next year

  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t sell the Mackem slayer!

  • magpie6699

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    We need Shola for at least one more season – he helps us closing games out and gives a good 20 minutes as target man and scorer of crucial late goals. He’s also a canny lad, a calming influence in the dressing room and bleeds black and white.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Ameobi has really poor statistics and only play for a half a season and since we only play Sunderland twice a season I would sell him at a heart beat for £ 2.5 mil 🙂

    But I just cannot see anyone wanting to take him. We could not even get Stoke to take him a few years back.

  • Ollie666

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Ameobi is a beast!!! He will never leave and that is a good thing!!!

  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    I really hope we agreed a fee with Lille for Debuchy before the Euros… Otherwise we’d better look elsewhere.

  • Beardo

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Hands off! He is indispensable!

    Knees bent, arms stretched, rah-rah-rah!

  • connor_nufc

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    If we sell Ameobi im not supporting newcastle anymore

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Awww c’mon Ed this is just the type of article the Shola bashers have been waiting for, the taking of points off 5unde1and is priceless and Shola almost guarantees we do that.

    Also the fact that Shola has shown this last season that a fit Shola is someone we benefit from having around.

    He is worth far more than 2-3mil to the club so we would be mad to sell him on, to be honest he is another of our squad that needs to be priced out of reach.

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    On Debuchy if he was to sign for Chelski it wouldn’t be the end of the world as surely it would free up a move for Gregory van der Wiel to come to Tyneside. Though i would prefer Debuchy, van der Wiel has the potential at a younger age to be even better than Mathieu so it wouldn’t be hugely dissapointing if that scenario occured.

    Despite this i believe Chelski will sign van der Wiel as they’ve continuously watched him over a long period of time and i expect Debuchy to sign for us because of his friendship with Yohan. Although i think Debuchy is friends with Hazard as well as Yohan so it really comes down to who is his better friend. Either way Debuchy or van der Wiel would be a massive upgrade to Danny Simpson!


    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    U can take my life but u’ll never take my SSSSHHHHHOOOOOLLLLLLLAAAAAAAA

  • dmac

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    I wouldnt bother selling Shola for that amount. He may not be the best but he is die hard toon fan. We need those players to big up occasions such as the makem game.

    Sorry to repost this, but on the previous thread people mentioned not being bothered about Fryers as fergie is letting him go he must be pants. I have a bone to pick with that, Fergie also let world cup,champions league and multiple la liga winner Pique go, and he released Rossi who is highly regarded. He has been unable to keep Pogba who is also highly regarded. Fergie doesnt always get it right. If Carr says Fryers is good then im all for it. I still think Obertan has alot to offer.

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #15

    On Shola this story is more unlikely than Messi signing for Scunthorpe. Though despite how much i love Shola it would be tempting to accept such an offer but i’d much rather West Ham gave us £3M for their destroyer two seasons ago: Leon Best. If Big Sam wants any of our players he can have Simmo + Best for £7M so then we can hand that to Lille for Mathieu Debuchy. Shola will never leave he is a Legend to NUFC and a part of the brick work with his superb experience, professionalism, footballing knowledge, influence and great personality he brings to the squad/dressing room also he will help Sammy as well.

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #16

    exactly dmac right on point their lad!

  • bills-son

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Not a chance we would sell Shola now.

    He’s a great influence in the dressing room, hugely respected by other players and is willing to be an impact sub which he did brilliantly last season.

  • Beardo

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m with Connor.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d only accept £10m plus for him. We can’t afford to get rid of our best players.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20


    What are the exact opposite to Shola bashers???

    …in my book they are just as hopeless or even worse!

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21

    He’s been made to look poor by a lot of Newcastle fans (especially that video on youtube), but he can produce a moment of magic. When I first saw him for the under 21’s, he played on the left-wing, and he looked a real threat.

    To been in the team ahead of Patrick Kluivert was impressive. He is probably the most underrated player in our squad.

  • Graeme

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Lets be realistic here, Shola is way past his best, by about 5 years. In todays NUFC, apart from sentimental reasons, he should be moved on in our new “Business Plan”

    If they can get £2 million + for him, it would be very good business indeed.

  • DraperNUFC10

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Everyone follow me on twitter @Daniel_Draper95, I’ll follow back!!

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #24

    I feel that he is becoming more skillful as he gets older. He first touch can be a joke sometimes though.

  • puretoon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Think jespers quite right in that Stoke did want him, but shola wouldn’t go. infact there were more clubs than that at the time but shola refused to go. I wouldn’t hesitate on selling him-scoring in derbys isn’t enough to warrant keepin him or his wage.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Fcuk off fat sam u can have ba back but leave wor shola alone ya fat heeded toss pot

  • karasu

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #27

    I think it’s a wise decision, despite how absurd the story is. How many Tyne-Wear derbies do we have each season? Shola only turns on during the Tyne-Wear derby and turning on two times during a season is no longer enough to warrant being a Newcastle player.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #28

    And try to imagine Shola being injured during the two Sunderland derby’s 😉 what use is he then.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Selling Shola would be one of the stupidest things we have done. I’d rather have a die hard NUFC fan in the squad, one of the most committed players we’ve ever had, someone who commands respect in the dressing room and has a potential coaching career ahead of him at NUFC, than pocket a poultry £2M. Can you imagine Shola scoring against us? It’d be sacrilege! Keep your mitts off our Shola!

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jun 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Shola was nothing short of a supersub last year, think spurs, mackems and all the other games where he battered the tired opposition center halves into submission to help close out games. Paws off fat Sam! Ed im not going to shut up about it until Shola gets his face back on the homepage. Please make it so!!!

  • danmuamua

    Jun 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #31

    If we get 2.5 for Shola it’s a better deal that Carroll. He is loyal and a great professional but as a football I’m sorry he is utter dross. he has been at the club to long. Yes it’s always nice to have local lads but if he isn’t good enough sell him and bring in quality and I’m afraid he isn’t good enough.

  • thepict

    Jun 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Every team needs a player like Shola. We have ours . So that muppet Allardyce can p@ss off.

    I’drather have Shola than. That money grabbing scouse sh@thead we used to have.

    Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the legend Mr Shola Ameobi.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Do not take shoal as a joke. He is a player that help Newcastle all the way til now.

    We still need Shola, he is a useful player. Def: He can defend headers, Att: he make himselves hard for defenders to play agaisnt. ..n etc.

    And remember he can score penalty!

    I dnt think we are so tight on the wages after Smith, loverman, follow by Xico and a few more “less useful” players out of the club.

    We surly can keep Shola, dnt think he is asking for heaven anyway.

    Its hard when even m.own, m.viduka n o.matins wasn’t scoring, then how do u expect shola at that time to come on n perform well?
    So when he knows we depends in him during the time in the coke leg, he outperform himself. To show us that he care and he is willing to work hard. Even in pl he is still as useful if u know when n how to use him. Everything is going well, Sami is doing ok as well and trying to get into the first 11. Is Newcastle short of 2million? If he can score us n win a game or two in those hard to win matches like Sunderland games or etc then why not? Is 6 pl points we are talking about! Common! (Xico is ald here for so long, what dis he do? and shola always try his best, think abt it)

  • Sazzer

    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Pardew said that he thinks Shola is the best lad in the squad. So if Shola leaves it’s either Ashley or Shola himself that came to that decision.

  • danmuamua

    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Shola is shite no two ways about it. I’m sick of hearing about his goals against Sumderland, there is more to life than scoring against Sunderland. For anyone who has watched Shola over the past ten years will see that for a big man he is garbage in the air, his hold up play is average and his link up play is terrible. He works hard but so he should for 30k per week or whatever he earns. Sell him and his brother. Rant over

  • Gudmundsson

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Plz sell him or give him away!!

  • arctoa

    Jun 18, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #37

    Could we replace Shola, who himself is a useful squad player to kill off games, with someone younger and of similar ability for £2 million? Probably. Almost definitely.

    However: would they be perfectly happy to sit on the bench (or not even be in the matchday squads) yet be willing play through crippling injury for the team, and at the same time be a positive influence in the dressing room? Not a chance.

    Conclusion: Not worth selling. I think it’s a nonsense news story, anyway.

  • Minato

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #38

    Dont want to get rid. Might seem crazy to some but Shola has been a loyal servent to this club. Yes at times he has been frustrating but he has also come up trumps enough times. Seeing that Shearer goal against everton a few weeks back and a reminder that Shola provided the knock down.. Really reminded me how long he really has been part of this club. Sometimes you need someone around who has witnessed how much the club has changed from the inside. Seen many great players pass through the club but only a few players that i can say really bleed black and white. Said this a year ago and I hope he finishes his career at this club, both on and off the field. Great professional, great lad.


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