If you could define what a cult hero is, then Shola Ameobi would be it. The Newcastle United striker always scores against rivals Sunderland and is much-maligned outside of Newcastle (and sometimes inside). However, could Shola be on his way to West Ham?
There have been some transfer rumours over the past couple of days that Shola Ameobi is attracting interest from other clubs.
A few days ago we reported that Newcastle would turn down a bid for Ameobi from Championship club QPR, but it appears the interest goes much further than just West London, even as far as East London!
The speculation that West Ham were interested in signing Shola Ameobi intensified when Hammers manager Sam Allardyce was filmed watching Morecambe v Newcastle at the Globe Arena.
Shola, along with his brother Sammy, scored in that match, even if it was a heavily deflected effort, and the Ameobi the elder showed his ability to influence a match from the bench.
However, Shola Ameobi’s agent Steve Denos has been quick to play down a move to West Ham, but left open the option of a transfer elsewhere in the window.
Denos told Sky Tyne and Wear: “Yes there is interest in Shola from a number of clubs but we have heard nothing from West Ham.”
I wonder who Allardyce was watching then? Dan Gosling perhaps?
Whether it’s to West Ham or not, don’t be surprised if Newcastle legend Shola Ameobi finally moves on.