The Bolton News reports that Bolton Wanderers would be interested in signing Sammy Ameobi permanently from Newcastle United. He enjoyed a successful spell on loan with the club last season, however his wage demands will ultimately determine if he is to return long term.
The 25-year-old, brother of ex-Bolton striker Shola, is expected to be released by the Magpies in the coming days when their official retained list is confirmed. This will end his lengthy association with Newcastle, but Ameobi is looking for more regular football.
Phil Parkinson made the move to bring Ameobi to the Macron Stadium last summer and would become an instant success during the first half of the campaign. A string of injuries back at Newcastle meant he eventually returned to the club, making four appearances towards the end of their title-winning season. It was only finances that denied Bolton the chance of keeping him beyond January.
Nevertheless, the Trotters would still eventually win promotion back into the Sky Bet Championship at the first attempt, finishing as runners up to Sheffield United. Ameobi however would have to significantly reduce what he has been earning at Newcastle should he wish to join Bolton permanently. Bolton simply cannot compete with that level.
Parkinson has spoken of the need to form ‘a better-quality squad’ if they are to compete at the next division above. The recruitment of Ameobi, who has experience of that league, would certainly be an asset. The fact he is familiar with everyone at Bolton means that he could instantly settle in, but it would appear money will do the talking when it comes to this deal going ahead, or not.