Kenny Jackett responds when asked if Wolves will sign Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi

Former Newcastle and Crystal Palace striker Ameobi could be heading to Wolves.

Ameobi played 68 minutes of an Under-21 game for Wolves on Monday, and speaking before the game to the Express and Star, Kenny Jackett discussed the possibility of the former Newcastle and Crystal Palace striker heading to Molineux on a permanent deal.

Jackett said: “We’ll see how he does in that particular game [at Swansea], whether we then extend that and see whether he can bring some experience to our frontline. [He would bring] Experience, power, size, whether he can offset some of the forwards we’ve got, and give us some balance, ability to hold the ball up, certainly some presence in the 18-year-old box.”

Jackett admitted that the chances of Ameobi signing a permanent contract rested on his performance for the Under-21 side against Swansea, with the Midlands club falling to a 3-2 defeat.

Ameobi, 33, lasted 68 minutes in the loss, being replaced by Niall Ennis, although he struggled during the tie.

Never particularly threatening the Swansea goal, the former Magipies and Palace striker showed that he is short of match fitness, and Jackett may look to extend his trial further before deciding on formally signing him.

Jackett is looking to bring another striker to Wolves, having lost Nouha Dicko to injury, and the 33-year-old offers many of the same strengths when at the top of his game.

He is a physical presence in the opposition box, and although he has never been a prolific goalscorer, he will bring experience to the Wolves frontline.

It is unlikely that Ameobi is signed before the end of this week, although if he can prove he is up to full fitness, Wolves may yet look to agree a permanent deal for the former Newcastle and Crystal Palace star.

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