Steve Bruce and Hull City to offer Newcastle Utd’s Shola Ameobi a lifeline

Shola Ameobi
Shola Ameobi

STEVE Bruce will offer Newcastle United’s Shola Ameobi a Premier League lifeline.

Bruce wants to take Ameobi, named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man World Cup squad, to FA Cup runners-up Hull City.

The former Sunderland manager – whose side were beaten 3-2 by Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final – is looking to strengthen his attacking options for next season, when the club will play in the Europa League.

And Corbridge-born Bruce feels European veteran Ameobi, out of contract at St James’s Park this summer, still has a lot to offer at home and abroad.

United manager Alan Pardew said he planned to hold discussions with Ameobi after the club’s final game of the season against Liverpool earlier this month, in which the 32-year-old was dismissed.

However, SportMail understands that Ameobi, keen to play week in, week out, is yet to be offered a new deal.

Pardew says Ameobi has been one of the best professionals he has come across in his playing and managerial career.

“He’s been brilliant,” Pardew said.

“I have to say in all my managerial experience, and playing, he’s been one of the best I’ve ever come across as a footballer.

“He can be so proud of the way he conducts himself.”

Ameobi was sent off by referee Phil Dowd in Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield.

The former England Under-21 international was dismissed for two bookable offences in the wake of Liverpool’s second goal.

Pardew felt it was a sad end to a first-team career at United which he had kicked off, literally, back in September 2000 against Chelsea with a confrontation with Dennis Wise.

“It might have been Shola’s last game,” said Pardew. “He should never have had the injustice, in my opinion.”

Ameobi scored in his last two United home games to take his career tally for the club to 79 goals.

Bruce signed former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper last summer, and the 39-year-old has an option for another year at Hull.