The My Football Writer site is reporting that Ipswich boss Jim Magilton has had a £3.5m bid accepted by Newcastle for striker Shola Ameobi.
Glenn Roeder was pretty quick to highlight that he hasn’t missed out on any of his targets to date, so this turn of events poses several questions for the City chief:
Is Ameobi on his list of potential targets?
We know Roeder has spoken highly of him whenever he has been given the opportunity, and he has gone on record as saying he would be a huge success in the Championship, but so would Cristiano Ronaldo and I doubt our budget quite extends that far somehow.
If the answer to this question is a decisive “yes” (and I think it will be), then we can move on to the next question:
Is he worth £3.5/£4m?
Roeder loves a bargain and has said in the past that he hates paying the asking price for anything. If he wants Ameobi he’s going to have to match Ipswich’s bid, and that might be a problem.
So few deals have been completed so far that it’s hard to get a gauge on who is worth what. In a column for Vital Norwich back in February I speculated that Ameobi could go for anywhere from £1.5m to £3.5m, so the numbers being talked about seem about right.
Have we got that sort of money fork out, and if so can we justify spending so much on one player when the squad is so small?
By my reckoning we need to bring in at least half a dozen new faces before the season starts, and I would be extremely surprised if if we could spend the best part of £4m on one player but of course it all depends on how much Roeder actually has to spend.
The only way we the public will know the answer for certain is if we hear through the grapevine that City have had their own bid accepted. Would I want Ameobi at Carrow Road? Certainly, but at the price being reported I unfortunately think it unlikely.