Ameobi excited about Pardew link-up after joining ex-Newcastle boss at Palace

PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN ... Shola Ameobi.

PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN ... Shola Ameobi.

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FORMER Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has linked up with former manager Alan Pardew again at Crystal Palace.

The 33-year-old has signed a contract at Selhurst Park until the end of the season.

Ameobi had been without a club since cutting short his spell in Turkey with Gaziantep.

The Nigerian international could come up against Newcastle on February 11, when John Carver’s side visit Selhurst Park.

Ameobi told Crystal Palace’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.

“I had a couple of other clubs interested but I think my relationship with Alan and how much I enjoyed working with him was one of the big factor in my decision.

“He instils confidence in players and he always seems to get the best out of them, certainly he did that at Newcastle and hopefully he can do that for me and the rest of the lads here.”