Shola Ameobi completed his short-term contract at Bolton Wanderers last weekend.
The former Newcastle striker signing off with a quality goal which helped give Bolton a 3-1 win over MK Dons, giving the Trotters a chance of escaping the relegation zone as they are now only five points from safety.
Due to their shocking financial plight at the Lancashire club, according to the Bolton News Shola Ameobi offered to play for the rest of the season for nothing!
However, a strict transfer embargo prevents Bolton registering any new contracts with the Football League, even when players are offering to play for free…
The club fell foul of FFP (Financial Fair Play) regulations because they can’t give financial forecasts to satisfy the criteria, leading to the all-encompassing transfer embargo.
Bolton Wanderers are next in the High Court on 22 February 2016 and if they can pay an outstanding £2.2m tax bill, they could possibly apply to have the transfer stranglehold lifted.
With Shola Ameobi being a free agent and of he hadn’t found a new club in the meantime, he could feasibly be allowed to return to Bolton and play.
The only other possibility is if an injury epidemic left them unable to put out a full matchday squad, then they could apply for a special dispensation from the Football League.