The Chinese transfer window is open until the end of the month, and Eriksson, having assessed his squad, believes that he is in need of a centre-forward, which has resulted in the interest in 32-year-old Ameobi.
The news, which was first reported by The Daily Mail, will come as a surprise to Newcastle fans. The Nigerian, who is out of contract at St James’ Park in the Summer, may spurn the chance to join Eriksson in China in favour of a free transfer at the end of the season. But alternatively, with the World Cup on the horizon, he may well see regular first-team football as a more attractive proposal.
It is still unknown whether he’ll sign a new deal at Newcastle. And with Papiss Cisse the only other first-team striker permanently contracted to the club at the moment, the situation comes as interesting reading for everyone.
Big Shola hasn’t always been the most clinical of strikers, but there is no doubting that he is a an absolutely loveable lad!
For all his comical first touches and more than occasional offsides, there is an endearing quality about this lad – the soft souled Geordie accent that is not at all befitting of a six foot something black man and his collection of goals against the Mackems, are worthy characteristics of a unique cult following.
An unabashed and vocal love for the club has made bad performances forgivable and a rather laugh than cry attitude, has usually quashed any boos.
We wrote An Ode to Ameobi last year when his future at the club was looking equally precarious. Give it a read!
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