Bolton manager Neil Lennon has said he is confident that the Championship club can meet Shola Ameobi’s wage demands if the player shows his ‘really good pedigree’ whilst on trial with the club.
If all the boxes are ticked, then Lennon is looking to get a deal done in the upcoming international window, with Shola Ameobi already having failed to agree terms and/or impress whilst on trial with Wolves, Huddersfield and most recently, Sheffield Wednesday, according to reports.
The Bolton News report that Shola Ameobi knocked back Alan Pardew’s offer of a coaching role at Selhurst Park before embarking on this tour of Championship clubs to try and prolong his playing career.
With Emile Heskey already at Bolton with one goal in his 10 months there, it raises the possibility of an ‘interesting’ partnership if Shola Ameobi also signs up for Bolton.
Neil Lennon speaking to the Bolton News:
“He is a name but I look at the quality of the player. He has freedom of contract and is available so it is worth having a look at. If we like what we see there might be business to be done.
“Obviously his age, early thirties, comes into consideration but he has been around the highest level for a while now and he’s got a really good pedigree.
“He’s got that physical presence and experience as well, so when a player of that quality comes onto the market, he is always worth a look.
“He’s only on trial, hasn’t signed. We’re thankful he has come in and given us that chance to have a look at him and obviously he’s thankful to get the opportunity to show what he can do.
“For a big guy he has got quite good skill and he has got that nous around the pitch that I think we’ve lacked a little bit.
“But I think it’s well worth us having a look at him and him having a look at us.
“It’ll come down to finances as well when we sit down with Shola’s representatives. We’ve a fair idea what he wants and I think it’s within our remit.
“It helps that we’ve got the international break coming up.
“Obviously all our focus is on QPR at the moment but we’ll have him in the training ground mixing with the players and we’ll see how he interacts with them and where we go from there.”