West Brom Close To Signing Ameobi
SKY Sports is reporting West Bromwich Albion are in talks with Super Eagles striker and former Newcastle man Shola Ameobi over a short term contract.
The 33-year-old forward has been a free agent since leaving Turkish side Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediyespor in December after the club suffered financial problems.
Ameobi managed 79 goals in 397 appearances during his 14 years at Newcastle and also played under current Baggies boss Tony Pulis when he was loaned to Stoke in 2008, making six appearances. The Baggies have agreed a contract in principle with the Nigeria player, with both sides now considering whether to activate the deal.
Pulis is on the lookout for an experienced target man to lead his attack, while he has other possible targets in mind, Ameobi could be a low-cost extra addition to his squad.
The new Baggies head coach knows his strengths having taken him on loan to Stoke for six weeks in 2008. Ameobi played six times for the Potters, including three starts.
But the remainder of his career in England was spent with hometown club Newcastle, for whom he made more than 350 appearances.