Ex-Newcastle striker becomes free agent again

FREE AGENT ... Shola Ameobi.
FREE AGENT ... Shola Ameobi.

FORMER Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi is again without a club after leaving Turkish outfit Gaziantep.

The 33-year-old joined the second-tier side on a free transfer in the summer after being released by Newcastle.

Ameobi has now returned to the city for personal reasons, with the Nigerian international set to again look for a club.

There have been suggestions by some on social media that Newcastle could offer Ameobi a short-term deal, with the club short on strikers now Papiss Demba Cisse has left for Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, meanwhile, who was a big supporter of Ameobi during his time on Tyneside, could also make a bid to bring him to Crystal Palace.