Phil Parkinson still holds out hope of keeping Newcastle loan star Sammy Ameobi but it is now claimed an unpaid debt is holding up any continuation of Shola’s brother’s career in Lancashire.
It could be a massive blow for the 24 year old as for the first time in his career he has been getting a regular game and at last looking like a footballer, albeit at a lower level.
This season he has appeared 24 times for Bolton and scored four goals, whilst looking at comment from Bolton supporters they do seem really gutted that they may lose the Newcastle winger.
The Bolton News have revealed that their information is that Bolton are still to fully pay the loan fee that was agreed with Newcastle for the first half of this season. With Newcastle unsurprisingly said to be refusing to consider a loan for the second half of the season unless the debt is paid.
Any further loan would basically be a transfer fee, as Sammy Ameobi would then be out of contract in June.
Bolton Manager Phil Parkinson claims that with Chairman Ken Anderson having been away recently, it has held up any deal for Ameobi. Though the Bolton News report that Anderson was having talks with Newcastle on Monday night to try and sort the cash side of things out.
Bolton may have got things together on the pitch (second in League One) and sorted their desperate financial situation up to a point – but clearly money is still a big problem at the club.
Despite Newcastle failing to score in two of the last three matches and Rafa Benitez admitting he is looking to bring in better players, or at least ones to give better balance, very difficult (impossible?) to see Sammy Ameobi coming close to fitting that description.
Having already played twice in the FA Cup this season for Bolton, Sammy Ameobi can’t be considered this weekend anyway. So the earliest would be the scheduled match at Brentford on Monday 16 January but surely the smart money is on a deal being sorted with Bolton before then.
“We always wanted to address the situation after the Coventry game because (Chairman) Ken (Anderson) has been away.
“We will have a chat and try to get a deal done but if we can’t then we’ll try and get somebody else in.
“We’d like to keep him because he’s been excellent for us.
“But if finances don’t dictate then we’ll have to find another player who can give us equal benefit.
“It’s the same situation for James (Henry – on loan from Wolves). Ken has spoken to Wolves and we’ve had dialogue with Newcastle – I think there has been some issues with the money etc.
“But we will resolve it because the aim is to make sure the squad stays strong.”