Is business about to pick up as Newcastle apparently accept a bid from Ipswich for Ameobi?

The My Football Writer site is reporting that Ipswich boss Jim Magilton has had a £3.5m bid accepted by Newcastle for striker Shola Ameobi.

Meanwhile the Pink’un say that the Toon have actually accepted a £4m bid from the Tractor Boys, and that Ameobi would be “more than willing” to talk to the Canaries.

Glenn Roeder was pretty quick to highlight that he hasn’t missed out on any of his targets to date, so this turn of events poses several questions for the City chief:

Is Ameobi on his list of potential targets?

We know Roeder has spoken highly of him whenever he has been given the opportunity, and he has gone on record as saying he would be a huge success in the Championship, but so would Cristiano Ronaldo and I doubt our budget quite extends that far somehow.

If the answer to this question is a decisive “yes” (and I think it will be), then we can move on to the next question:

Is he worth £3.5/£4m?

Roeder loves a bargain and has said in the past that he hates paying the asking price for anything. If he wants Ameobi he’s going to have to match Ipswich’s bid, and that might be a problem.

So few deals have been completed so far that it’s hard to get a gauge on who is worth what. In a column for Vital Norwich back in February I speculated that Ameobi could go for anywhere from £1.5m to £3.5m, so the numbers being talked about seem about right.

Have we got that sort of money fork out, and if so can we justify spending so much on one player when the squad is so small?

By my reckoning we need to bring in at least half a dozen new faces before the season starts, and I would be extremely surprised if if we could spend the best part of £4m on one player but of course it all depends on how much Roeder actually has to spend.

The only way we the public will know the answer for certain is if we hear through the grapevine that City have had their own bid accepted. Would I want Ameobi at Carrow Road? Certainly, but at the price being reported I unfortunately think it unlikely.

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  1. Iain says:

    I don’t think, even if we could match the £3.5m that the scum have bid for Shola that he is worth that amount.
    He is injury prone and his goal to games ratio is not that wonderful, look what he did at Stoke a big fat NOTHING.
    If we have that sort of money to spend then I would rather buy Riordan and Aaron Mclaine (dodgy spelling) for the price of one Mr Ameobi

  2. Luke says:

    ameobi was class at nufc, when other strikers were unavailable. he would be great for ipswich he would dream of going to norwich, where did u finish compared to us, oh w8 almost went down didnt you. Ipswich are a better club historically and now

  3. jordan no.1 itfc fan says:

    haha scum got ruled there! gd 1 luke
    seriously y wud he choose norwich over ipswich?
    whos finished higher… ipswich
    whos ground is bigger… ipswich
    whos ground is nicer… ipswich
    who is the richer club… ipswich
    the only thing u got fighting ur battle is ur crap manager tht managed him!


  4. Billy says:


    Ameobi was far from ‘class’ at Newcastle.

    He NEVER lived up to the ‘potential’ that his managers said he had…..I think most Newcastle fans wanted shot of him back in the days of Robson and he has done nothing to change our minds.

    A better professional than the likes of Bellamy and Dyer but no where near as good.

    Championship striker at best

  5. Realist says:

    Oh Jordan you poor boy.

    Fair enough Ipswich did finish higher, and yes Portaloo Road is bigger – but what use is having a ground that’s 12,000 seats too big for you?

    The only way Portaloo Road is nicer than Carrow Road is because most of it has hardly been used.

    Richer club? Depends on how you define “rich” doesn’t it? Evans bought your debt, it hasn’t suddenly disappeared, and now the club is paying interest on it to HIS company – so within a few years he’ll have made his money back and you’ll still have a whopping great debt. Nice!

  6. mia says:

    Ameobi is hardly worth such an amount, as he did not perform very well for Newcastle….one new face isn’t enough to change everything for a club. Save the 3mil and buy more players who have potential, instead of spending loads of money on a player who may or may not perform.

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  8. I wish you guys would pack it in! I keep searching for Portaloos and keep finding Ipswich! LOL

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