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West Ham Target Newcastle United Striker Shola Ameobi After Missing Out On Grant Holt

Allardyce eyes reunion with cult Toon star.

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West Ham United are interested in signing Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi and hope to conclude a deal for the 30-year-old before the end of the summer.

Ameobi has been with the Tyneside club since joining as a schoolboy in 1995 but has always struggled to hold down a first team place.

The striker has made more appearances than anyone else currently at the club and has become a cult figure among the Toon faithful, after scoring 7 goals in 12 Tyne-Wear derbies.

But Ameobi remains behind deadly Senagelese duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the pecking order and may view a move this summer as his last chance for regular Premier League football.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is the hunt for a target man after the Hammers were priced out of a move for Norwich’s Grant Holt. Allardyce managed Ameobi when he was boss at St James’ Park and is confident he can convince the striker to join him in East London.

The Upton Park club hope a bid of around £2.5 million will persuade Newcastle to part with their most loyal servant.

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