Report: QPR look to hijack Crystal Palace's bid for striker Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi

QPR are attempting to hijack Crystal Palace's move for Shola Ameobi, according to reports.

According to the Daily Mail, QPR are attempting to hijack Crystal Palace's bid to sign ex-Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi.

The Nigerian international left St. James' Park in the summer for a move to Turkey with Gaziantep, but has been released after just four months as he bids for a return to the Premier League.

The 33-year-old hit 79 goals in 397 games for Newcastle, and represents a cost-effective attacking solution for teams battling relegation.

West Bromwich Albion have already been linked with a move to sign Ameobi, with Tony Pulis reportedly keen to reunite with the striker having signed him for Stoke back in 2008.

However, Crystal Palace appeared to have usurped their rivals in the race to sign Ameobi, with Alan Pardew currently in charge at Selhurst Park - who was of course Ameobi's manager at Newcastle.

Yet now, a third club has entered the race, with the Daily Mail claiming that Queens Park Rangers are making a late bid to take him from South London to West London.

Manager Harry Redknapp has relied heavily on Charlie Austin in attack this season, and whilst he has added Mauro Zarate on loan from West Ham this month, but seemingly wants another striker.

Ameobi, being a free agent, would fit the bill for Redknapp, but the Daily Mail suggest that Palace held talks with Ameobi on Tuesday - making them favourites for his signature despite the late approach from QPR.

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