Brighton manager coy on links to ex-Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has refused to be drawn on reports suggesting that he is keen on former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has given little away when pressed on the subject of reported interest in Shola Ameobi by The Argus.

It has been suggested that the former Newcastle United striker has emerged as a top target for the Seagulls.

Hughton is well aware of what the Nigeria international could add to his squad, having previously worked with him at Newcastle United.

A coach that has only been at the Amex Stadium helm for a matter of weeks admits he is in the market for new recruits, but is reluctant to be drawn on whether a forward who enjoyed cult hero status with the Magpies figures on his shopping list.

Hughton told The Argus: “We are still waiting for things to fall into place. It’s obviously difficult when you come in late.

“Although you have a good insight into certain players, until you know you are going somewhere you cannot assess the squad.

“That is what I am having to do, assess what we’ve got. Fortunately for us at the moment we are on the back of three wins and two draws, which gives you a little bit of leeway to make sure that you make the right decisions. It’s still very much a case of looking at the possibilities.”

On Ameobi, he added: “You never say never, but it is one that is only being mentioned because of the association.”

Ameobi is currently without a club after leaving Gaziantap BB.

He lasted just four months with the Turkish outfit, cutting short a one-year contract agreed in August.

A return to English football would appear to make sense for a man who graduated out of the academy system at St James’ Park to spend 14 years as part of Newcastle’s first-team ranks.

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