Shola Ameobi could be set for Sydney switch after being released by Newcastle
The 32-year-old will have an opportunity to showcase his talents in Brazil after being selected by Nigeria for the World Cup
Tuesday 03 June 2014
Shola Ameobi could be handed a chance to resume his career in Australia after the World Cup.
The 32-year-old striker was confirmed in Nigeria's final 23-man squad for Brazil on Monday night, but will join up with his future uncertain after being released by Newcastle, the club at which he emerged from the ranks.
However, Press Association Sport understands A-League side Sydney have opened talks with Ameobi's representatives as they look to replace veteran former Italian international Alessandro Del Piero.
Ameobi, born in Nigeria but raised on Tyneside, was handed a senior debut for the Magpies as a teenager by then manager Sir Bobby Robson when he was introduced as a substitute in a 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw with Chelsea at St James' Park in September 2000.
In total, he made 402 senior appearances for the club and scored 79 goals, and while he was not always a favourite with fans, his efforts were appreciated by successive managers.
However, current boss Alan Pardew, who is looking to make significant changes to his squad this summer, decided not to offer Ameobi a new contract with his existing deal due to expire at the end of the month.
Nevertheless, Pardew was fulsome in his praise of the player.
He said: "He's been an absolutely magnificent servant for this football club.
"He is one of the nicest, best people I have ever come across as a footballer at a young age, and he is going to have a magnificent career whatever he does - and he could literally do anything."
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Frustrated Steven Gerrard should have started crucial game between Liverpool and Manchester United
Marco Reus becomes Arsenal transfer target to replace Theo Walcott
Paul Scholes: It's amazing Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has so few caps for England
New kits for 2015/16: Have the Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona strips been leaked?
England vs Lithuania: Theo Walcott 'at risk of being left behind' in Three Lions pecking order
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 2 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Jeremy Clarkson calls on trolls to leave producer Oisin Tymon alone: 'None of this is his fault'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest