SholaAmeobi2Only two days ago, Alan Pardew stated categorically that Shola wouldn’t be attending the African Cup Of Nations;

“Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself”.

(The implications of Alan Pardew’s quote were covered in \’Final Confirmation Of Ba\’s Departure?\’ by one of our writers)

No doubt many of us would have seen the next step coming, especially following the fiasco surrounding Papiss Cisse’s non-participation in our Swansea defeat, when Senegal disputed Newcastle’s version of events following the player missing a friendly.

Nigeria are insisting that no agreement has been reached with Newcastle United and that Shola will be expected to turn up for the provisional squad get together in early January.

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Nigerian coach, Stephen Keshi, has said the following in a statement released by the Super Eagles spokesman, Ben Alaiya;

“I never entered into any deal with any manager and will not because the two (Daniel Shittu of Millwall is the other player where there is a dispute) players in question are international stars and the rules are very clear about when they should be released for international assignments if their country so desires them”.

It is therefore claimed that Nigeria are insisting that Newcastle and Millwall were written to on time and that they must release the players as and when due.

We’ll obviously have to wait and see what the next move is but at the minute it appears very likely Shola could be unavailable for over a month, as to what happens with Demba Ba in January then that is similarly up in the air.

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15 comments
Kazie23
Kazie23

When we get him I suggest that we should loan him out to a good league 1 club and the same with Adam Armstrong which will benefit and enhance their career and further their development

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Despite our lack of first team signings, this is actually a good signing.  Bags of potential, young enough that our new coaching team can work on him and hopefully become a regular in the next two years.  This isn't a signings for the right here and now, the way some are talking on here they would rather not buy him and then will no doubt complain that we haven't signed anyone to come through the youth setup...As long as we get some first choice top class players in then i'm all for getting some good potential in for the new coaches to work their magic on...I suspect the talent has all been used up here under Carver and Co, so a fresh crop of youngsters may be what is needed!

Kazie23
Kazie23

I have to agree with you and we still have Ayoze and Armstrong which means we sorted our future strikers

MilitantGeordie
MilitantGeordie

300k? I doubt Ashley is willing to stretch to that level of expenditure unless we flog Sissoko for 12m first to balance the books.

Blackandwhiteblood
Blackandwhiteblood

Here you go Kazie, I'll tell you what I think. Lots of potential with good coaching - which we've got now - and left any longer would likely increase his value. Clearly not even intended as a first team buy, but another addition to the young guns coming through for future reference. At that price I can't see a downside to it. 

Kazie23
Kazie23

I think if we get him we should loan him out to a league 1 team and then to a championship club the same goes with Adam Armstrong which will mean that our strikers in the future would be sorted out with Ayoze,Armstrong and Toney

toon tony
toon tony

Wow, now that is punching above our weight. !!!!

Kazie23
Kazie23

What do you think of us getting him?

Jezza_NUFC
Jezza_NUFC

@toon tony   Well fair's fair. They did promise us "unbelievable" signings at the start of the summer.

Billco
Billco

They will be negotiating hard to get the price down.

Kazie23
Kazie23

How do you feel about the signing of Ivan Toney?

amacdee
amacdee

@Billco Would the Cobblers take Shlte direct vouchers ? Or is that just cobblers ?

Kazie23
Kazie23

What do you think of us getting Ivan Toney???