Shola Ameobi’s agent Steven Denos says that no deal has been agreed between Newcastle and Ipswich regarding the sale of the striker, according to the Pink’un:
As far as I’m concerned Ipswich have not put a bid in for Shola. There has certainly been no dialogue from Newcastle to me to the effect that a bid has been submitted from any club at this stage.
I reckon we can take that to mean one of three things. Either it’s true what Denos says and no offer exists, he has been left out of the loop or, more likely, “Mr. Ten Percent” is just banging his drum on behalf of his client to try and shake out all the wood-be suitors. And I’ll go with the third one.
The Pink’un story fleshes out the proposed deal a little, saying that the Tractor Boys have offered £2.5m up-front plus add-ons which could eventually take the fee to £4m, and also quotes a mystical “source” from the north east who believes Ameobi would turn down a move to Suffolk in order to team up with Glenn Roeder and Lee Clark at Norwich:
He would probably like to link up with Roeder again, but the fact is that Ipswich have put their money where their mouth is, so to speak.
Not exactly what you’d call a “money” quote, but £2.5m seems a lot more appealing.