Guess who’s back? Newcastle United legend Shola Ameobi free agent again

Shola Ameobi

Released by Newcastle over the summer, Shola Ameobi could be on his way back to Tyneside after leaving Turkish club Gaziantep this week.

Shola Ameobi could be in a line for a sensational return to the Premier League after it was revealed that the 33-year-old had left Gaziantep in Turkey.

The Nigeria international left Newcastle United over the summer, ending a 19-year association with the Magpies in the process after the club opted against offering the veteran target man a new deal.

Ameobi had a variety of offers on the table with clubs from both the MLS and Australian A-League linked with moves for the forward, who was also rumoured to be on the radars of several Championship and Premier League teams.

Ultimately the 33-year-old took an unusual route, signing for Turkish second division side Gaziantep after the World Cup.

Ameobi penned a one-year contract with the club and fared well, with four goals in 11 outings for his new side.

However the striker obviously wasn't happy, with the former Toon hero leaving the club according to new reports.

Gaziantep, to their credit, agreed to cancel his contract with the forward citing family reasons as the driving force behind his departure.

It’s a decision that could yet open the door for a Newcastle return with the Magpies looking short of experience in the final third, while manager Alan Pardew – who was thought to be a driving force behind the forward’s departure – has since moved on to Crystal Palace.

Any deal is likely to be a short-term one, but Ameobi’s physical presence is a notable asset for any striker looking to thrive in the Premier League, and while the Nigerian is only a stop gap solution, supporters would no doubt relish a reunion with an old favourite.

Ameobi may not have been the most prolific of strikers at the club but he managed to endear himself to Magpies fans by scoring with alarming regularity against local rivals Sunderland.

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