Photo: New signing Ameobi poses with Crystal Palace shirt, squad number revealed

Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi has completed his move to Crystal Palace, posing with the club's shirt for the first time.

Just hours after unveiling QPR midfielder Jordon Mutch as their new signing, Crystal Palace are at it again in the transfer market, this time signing ex-Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

The 33-year-old Nigerian, who played for his country at last summer's World Cup, only left the Premier League last summer in order to join Turkish side Gaziantep.

However, he lasted just four months before leaving the club, becoming a free agent as he attempted to return to the Premier League.

Despite reported interest from Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion, Ameobi has chosen to join Crystal Palace until the end of the season, reuniting with his former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew in the process.

Ameobi was presented as a Palace player this afternoon, and posed with the club's shirt for the first time before admitting Pardew played a big part in his move to Selhurst Park during an interview with the club's official website.

"I'm very excited to be here, I wanted to get back in the Premier League and having worked with the manager before it's been great to come back and hopefully help us avoid the relegation battle," said Ameobi.

"I had a couple of other clubs interested but I think my relationship with Alan [Pardew] and how much I enjoyed working with him was one of the big factor in my decision," he added.

Ameobi now goes into the Palace squad for their game against Everton this weekend, and Palace also confirmed that Ameobi will wear the number 23 shirt during his stay in South London.

It remains to be seen whether Ameobi's addition ends Palace's pursuit of Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede or Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis, but with Yaya Sanogo also signed this month, it's unlikely that Pardew targets another frontman.

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