Newcastle United legend’s future after World Cup still uncertain

Shola Ameobi

Fresh from appearing for Nigeria at the World Cup, Shola Ameobi’s future remains unclear with Sydney FC currently negotiating with several targets.

Shola Amoebi’s proposed move to A-League side Sydney FC may not be as concrete as previously believed after the club’s coach admitted they were currently shopping around for a marquee signing with the Newcastle United man one potential option.

The 32-year-old said goodbye to the Magpies at the end of last season, after making 311 Premier League appearances of the Toon, scoring 53 goals in the process.

A hero on Tyneside, Ameobi’s best games in the black-and-white shirt usually came against local rivals Sunderland, with the forward nicknamed ‘the Mackem Slayer’ after scoring seven goals in 12 matches against the Blackcats.

His time at the club ended under something of a cloud though, with his final appearance for Newcastle against Liverpool on the final day cut short after the 32-year-old was shown a red card for dissent.

Upon the announcement of his departure, a number of clubs were linked to Ameobi with Stoke City among those thought to be weighing up a move for the experienced star.

But as time went on it appeared that Ameobi had his heart set on a move abroad with Sydney FC thought to have made contact over a deal.

And in quotes republished by The Mag, coach Arnold confirmed as much, though he also noted that the Magpies legend was not the only option they were looking at.

“We’re still negotiating with Shola Ameobi but he’s one of six international strikers we are talking to...The other five are Europeans and two of them have played in the World Cup in Brazil,” he said.

“I need the right player who’ll come to Sydney FC for the right reasons, to play good football and be successful.”

Whether Ameobi fits the bill remains to be seen but one thing is for sure – he will not be lining up against Emile Heskey after the former Liverpool and Leicester City forward departed the Newcastle Jets with a view to returning to England.

Here's a vid of the big man in action down under!

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