Sheffield Wednesday are weighing up a move for Newcastle United forward Sammy Ameobi.
The Star can confirm the winger, who has struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot at the top flight club, is on the Owls’ radar.
Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray is keen to increase the attacking options at his disposal and this newspaper understands he will be given an opportunity by new owner Hafiz Mammadov to reshape the squad and prove his credentials. It was announced just over a week ago that Mammadov had completed his takeover of the Owls but the deal has yet to be ratified by the Football League.
Gray, who is still tracking Sam Hutchinson, said: “We have spoken to Sammy’s agent. He is a quality player and he’s shown that by playing in the Premier League. We will see what happens.”
A string of injuries meant Ameobi, whose older brother, Shola, also plays for Newcastle, featured just 12 times in the Magpies mid-table finish last term. He sustained a knee problem in mid-February and his last outing came as a substitute against Liverpool on the final day of the 2013/14 campaign.
Ameobi, a graduate of Newcastle’s youth system, spent the second half of the 2012/13 season on loan at rivals Middlesbrough, who are also reportedly interested in the 22-year-old.
Ameobi recently said he wanted to stay in the North East and fight for a starting berth.
“Next season’s the big one for me – it’s my opportunity,” said Ameobi.
“I’ve got one year left on my contract and I’ve got to prove I’m good enough to be a Newcastle player so I’m going to be working very hard over the summer to hopefully start fast next season.”
He added: “I’m going to put in the effort and if I’m not good enough, I’ll have to move on. But I believe I have the opportunity to play here [Newcastle] so I aim to take it.”
Contrary to reports, the Owls are not eyeing up Huddersfield Town forward Danny Ward.