Report: Crystal Palace face battle with Tony Pulis in race to sign Shola Ameobi

Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in a deal to sign ex-Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

According to the Daily Mirror, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion are set to lock horns over the signing of ex-Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

Ameobi, 33, is a free agent since leaving Turkish side Gaziantep, whom he played for just four-and-a-half months having left Newcastle last summer.

Now, the Nigerian international is looking to return to English football, and an interesting battle appears to be forming between two of Ameobi's former managers.

In one corner, there's Crystal Palace. Managed by ex-Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, the Eagles are in the market for a physical target man up front, but have seen their pursuits of Blackburn's Rudy Gestede and Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis fall short so far.

And in the other corner, it's West Bromwich Albion, who are managed by Tony Pulis - who took Ameobi on loan at Stoke City back in 2008.

The Baggies have also been linked with Gestede, with Giorgios Samaras already set to leave The Hawthorns for Al-Ahli after just six months at the club, and Ameobi would provide a cost-effective solution up front for Pulis and co.

The fact that Pulis left Palace in August adds another level of intrigue to this transfer saga, with Ameobi seemingly not short of offer as he bids for a Premier League return.

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