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Speculation On Supposed Bids For Ameobi

Shola Ameobi’s agent has today quashed all the rumors from yesterday surrounding Ipswich Town making a £3.5M bid for his player.


Shola Ameobi – seems in demand

Ameobi’s representative Steven Denos, spoke to the Newcastle Journal this morning, and indicated that Newcastle are yet to receive an acceptable offer for the Nigerian born striker.

Denos said:

“It’s speculation,”

“As far as I’m concerned Ipswich have not put a bid in for Shola.”

“There has certainly been no dialog from Newcastle to me to the effect that a bid has been submitted from any club at this stage.”

“Our position is that we will be willing to talk to any club that puts a bid in to Newcastle that is acceptable.”

What is becoming clear is that Newcastle are very likely to get the £4M fee they want for Ameobi, since there are already a number of clubs interested including Ipswich Town, Norwich City, Middlesbrough and Stoke City, to name but four.

Glenn Roeder, the Norwich manager, returned from a family vacation to Orlando last weekend, and he no doubt will be pondering a bid, although the fee would appear too much for Norwich.

There has also been reported interest from former Newcastle coach John Carver, at MLS club Toronto FC, but not surprisingly Ameobi is not interested in a move to North America, at this stage of his career.

Ipswich would still appear to be best positioned to get Shola, and as we reported yesterday we think it would be a good deal for both player and club. It was at least interesting that Ipswich Town refused to comment on yesterday’s news.

Ipswich have enough money due to cash being available from businessman Marcus Evans, although Ipswich’s current wage structure may be a problem for Shola.

Like most of Newcastle’s players, Shola will be on a good compensation at the club, and will be hoping to at least maintain that level when he moves.

But the news is that the Ipswich club may be unwilling to go above the £10K/week mark – a figure way below the basic salary that Ameobi will be on at St James’ Park. We think Ameobi will be getting around 3 times that figure at Newcastle, at a guess.

Middlesbrough would be able to pay Ameobi top wages, but it’s not known the extent of the Teesside club’s interest in Shola.

Not surprisingly, Denos is only too interested to talk to any club if they had a bid accepted:

“One thing for certain is that Newcastle would want a hefty transfer fee for him,”

“He’s not going to MLS. We’ve had no contact from Middlesbrough and no offer in from Norwich City.”

We still think we’ll have little problem in getting a good deal for Shola, from Newcastle’s perspective, it just may take a little time.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 10, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Agents always bs, lets just hope we get 4million for him, one of the coups of the summer if we get that much


    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    As I said yesterday he seems to have been leaving us forever yet still!!

    Apparently the management are using Bartons incarceration as a bargaining tool. I’m sorry but this is moral blackmail. They sack him or back him as far a I’m concerned. He might have lowlife tendancies but there is no need for the management to stoop to the same levels. No wonder we have difficulties signing people.

  • Kash2

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    @Bill – Are you kidding me? He’s banged up because he’s a TW@T, and you’d rather we sack him and lose the 6m we paid or carrying on paying him 65k a week? Are you daft? Half his wages and tout him about to clubs who’ll pick up his registration for 4m, better business sense! Get a grip!

    In addition, 3m for Bullard. He’d be a class squad player, and would really push some of our midifielders. Top professional in my eyes!

  • Chris H

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Apparently, Roy Hodgson is willing to listen to offers for Jimmy Bullard and would let him go for around £3m. Now that would be a nice piece of business.
    Bullard is a cracking player, and he’s a lot better than Geremi putting the ball in the box.

  • Zarate4Toon

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    ship-out shola for 4m is almost as good as the signing of zarate. transfer market is indeed getting crazy nowadays … no wonder zarate is being priced at 15m

  • toonfan1

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    when was the last time ameobi hit the back of the net? was it when he scored a penalty against bolton when roeder was in charge?

  • Davies

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah, Sorry Bill F, I have to agree with Kash2 on the Barton situation. He’s entirely responsible for where he is, and cannot possibly complain about how the club treat him after this.

    Regarding Shola, I hope he gets a good deal somewhere, and gets to play first team football, and finds his form again.

    Shame it didn’t work out at St James’.

  • cooldj

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    lazio have officially claimed to have agreed a fee for rozenhal. lets hope its more than the 2.9 we paid! 🙂

  • John

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m really loving all these dead wood players leaving..Its really needed …The fee’s we seem to be getting are prity good also…

    I think if its 3 or 4 mill for emre thats good business considering he never plays..4 mill for ameobi aswell would be amazing ..If we got about 2.5 or 3 mill for roz that would be ace and another 5 mill or so for Duff would be class…

    We are becoming experts at selling players , shame about the purchasing part 🙂 Im sure they will get here act together once we get rid off all the dead wood…

    Hopefull smith is gone aswell but i have a sneeky feeling Keegan wants to keep him…

  • Ian

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree about Bullard would like to see him join us.

    Just heard keegan tried to sign Cisse at Man City, I wonder……..

  • broon ale

    Jun 10, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    shola is worth 500K tops. if we got 4 million for him it would be very good business. he is useless. There are better non league players.

  • Kash2

    Jun 10, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    We won’t get more than 2m for Duff, i’d let him go for 1m just to be rid of his 60k a week wage!

  • Leo

    Jun 10, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    shola is worth more than 500k get some perspective please. he isnt good enough for us no, but he has so much experience at the highest level, and is very much a confidence player, which is why he played so well during the roeder days because roeder put confidence in him.

    4mil is probably a bit much but ive seen worse players go for more such as alan smith…

    promoted teams are going to desprately need a good striker to try keep them in the premiership

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Chris H – I checked out that story on Bullard today and Hodgson has already denied they would ever let Jimmy go.
    He’s also said he wants to stay at Fulham – but at 2.5M he would be a good buy for us.

  • Ian

    Jun 10, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed even above £2.5m good hard working player.

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 10, 2008 at 11:59 AM

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