Alan Pardew has confirmed the signing of Shola Ameobi at Crystal Palace.

At today’s press conference, the former Newcastle boss revealed that the forward had signed on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

shola ameobiShola had been spotted at Selhurst Park earlier in the week and last night we reported that talks had been positive and a deal was imminent.

It was Giuseppe Muro of the Evening Standard who tweeted that Pardew had confirmed the deal;

“Alan Pardew confirms Shola Ameobi has joined #cpfc until the end of the season.”

Many Newcastle fans believed that Shola had been a very lucky boy to last so long at St. James’ Park but today’s announcement points to just how little say Alan Pardew had when at Newcastle United.

Arguably Crystal Palace already have at least as many attacking options, if not more, than Newcastle. So I find it very likely that Alan Pardew would have wanted Shola to stay on at least another year at United but was powerless to make anything happen,

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