The number of clubs claimed to be interested in signing Sammy Ameobi is growing by the day.

West Brom, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Everton and Real Sociedad have all been credited with interest in taking the soon to be out of contract player.

Newcastle have given no indication as to whether they have any intention of offering Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez or Ryan Taylor another deal when their contracts end this summer.

Similarly there has been no movement at all on a further significant group of players who will go into the final year of their contracts next season. That group including all three of Newcastle’s senior centre-backs –  Coloccini, Williamson and Steven Taylor.

In fact new/extended contracts have been thin on the ground over the last couple of years with only really  low key ones such as those agreed with young players such as Dummett, Adam Armstrong and Callum Roberts.

The general impression appears to be that Mike Ashley is running down the club’s longer term commitments but as to whether this has some kind of an end game such as making the club more desirable to sell, only he knows.

As for Sammy Ameobi, he is 23 years old now and has made 66 first team appearances so far as both a sub and from the start. In that time he has contributed 4 goals and 6 assists, which despite having had injury problems, doesn’t really suggest to me that he has what it takes in the Premier League.

Ironically, if the worst happened over the next week and a half, I could well see Shola’s younger brother being offered a new deal,  as a cheap option to bulk up the squad for a Championship campaign.

I do think with this point having been reached and no proactive action from Newcastle, if indeed United stayed up and Sammy Ameobi was then offered a new deal, it would surely smack of desperation. Mike Ashley giving him a new contract on the basis that he isn’t prepared to spend the money needed to get the squad back into shape to compete in the Premier League.

I struggle to see other Premier League clubs taking the winger on and I think the Championship would actually be best for the player as well. If he drops down a division then at least Sammy Ameobi should get a run of games where maybe he just possibly could prove doubters like myself wrong.