Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Jim out to Fix It for Ameobi; Magilton Wants to See Right Attitude from Striker

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Jim out to Fix It for Ameobi; Magilton Wants to See Right Attitude from Striker

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Byline: Mark Douglas

IF SHOLA Ameobi is to satisfy his aim of securing regular firstteam football he must first prove to Ipswich manager Jim Magilton that he possesses the necessary "desire" to drop down a division, move away from his boyhood club and become a success in the Championship.

After a move to Stoke collapsed earlier in the summer Ameobi's departure has been one of the close season's longestrunning sagas, but it is now edging towards a conclusion after Newcastle gave Ipswich permission to talk to the 26-year-old with a view to a move.

Although a fee is yet to be agreed Ipswich are prepared to meet a revised asking price of pounds 2.5m - if their manager is convinced after a face-to-face meeting scheduled for later today.

Magilton wants to meet Ameobi to assess whether a player who has plied his trade almost exclusively in the top flight has the necessary desire to prove himself at Championship level.

The Ipswich manager will seek testimonial from Sir Bobby Robson before making such a substantial investment, but it is talks with the player himself that are likely to make up Magilton's mind.

For a player who earlier this week re-iterated his need to play regularly to rebuild his career, convincing the manager of his desire should not prove to be a problem.

"Newcastle have given us permission to talk to the lad and we have been in contact with his agent," the Ipswich manager said. "I leave the initial talks to Derek Bowden and if we get to a point of agreeing, then I will sit down and look him in the eye and see if he has the desire I'm looking for. Newcastle are looking to offload the boy as he is in the last year of his contract."

If Ameobi does depart St James's Park, it will bring a 13-year association with Newcastle United to an end.

First spotted by United scouts playing for Walker Central youth team as a teenager, he made the first team breakthrough that precious few of his Academy peers have been able to replicate in recent years. …

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