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Newcastle United manager ‘happy to have striker back’ after Ipswich deal falls through: Do you agree?

With Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins at the club, Newcastle are seemingly blessed with attacking quality, although injury seems to be persistent for the former two players. Therefore, perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise that they have kept hold of this striker, who was a hair’s breadth away from signing for Ipswich Town last week. Kevin Keegan is certainly pleased to have him back at the club!

Setanta reports that Shola Ameobi is back on Tyneside after a failed medical prevented him from enjoying a fresh start at a new club. Newcastle would have been £2.4 million richer if the deal had gone through, although the Magpies manager is happy to retain the player’s services.

“Shola is back with us and he will be in full training on Monday. He’s fit and I am quite happy to have him back,” he told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

“For £2.4m, where am I going to get a player like Shola?

“He knows the Premier League and the club and he understands the area. I don’t look at it as a minus at all.

“Who knows? He might be our top scorer this season – I wouldn’t put it past him.

“We all know players who were going to leave but stay and have a great season and then sign a new contract.”

Newcastle fans, what are your feeling regarding Shola Ameobi? Will he ever become a first-team regular at St James’ Park or is he likely to go out on loan shortly, as he did at Stoke City last season?

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