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Newcastle striker considering exit

Shola Ameobi admits he may leave St. James' Park

By | 11th August 2013
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Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi has admitted he may have to leave St. James’ Park in search of more playing time after a disappointing last season at the northern England club.

The Nigerian, who is heading into the final year of his contract after spending his entire career with the Magpies, struggled to find form last season, finding the net only four times in 35 appearances. Playing second string to Senegalese hit-man Papiss Cissé last season, Ameobi is likely to fall even further down manager Alan Pardew’s pecking order with the arrival of French striker Loic Remy on loan from QPR, as well as Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis nearing a move to St James’ Park.

“This year is a big year for me. I am in the final year of my contract and got the World Cup at the end of the year as well so it is important I put myself physically in the best shape I can,”  Ameobi said, according to Sky Sports.

“For Newcastle I always give 100% like I always have and if I am here that is what will happen. If they bring in strikers, I might have to see what else is out there because I need to be playing football – that is really important for me this year.

“I have played here all my career and I love this club to bits, but I have put myself and my family and my situation first now and make sure I am getting the games in because that hasn’t happened in recent years.”

Also on the Toon’s radar is Liverpool midfield flop Stewart Downing, who is reportedly available for only £5 million, compared to the £18 million the Reds paid for him in 2011. Downing, who has struggled to find form during his two years at Anfield, has scored only seven times in 91 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, but maintains that he would like to stay at Anfield and fight for his spot in the lineup, having already rejected a move to West Ham earlier this summer.

Newcastle finished a disappointing sixteenth in the Premier League last season, and are hoping to finalize the transfer of Gomis as soon as possible as they attempt to claw their way back into European football, having qualified for the 2012-2013 Europa League but failing to duplicate the same feat for this season.

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