Nigerian striker Shola Ameobi has signed a one-year contract with second-division Turkish club Gaziantep Büyükşehir Belediyesi Spor Kulübü.

The 32-year-old Newcastle United striker, who featured for the Super Eagles at the Brazil 2014 World Cup, became a free agent following his departure from St James’ this summer.

He is a product of the Tyneside academy, and has been a first-team player at Newcastle for 14 years until he was frozen out by manager Alan Pardew last season.

Ameobi made 312 appearances for the
Magpies, scoring 53 goals, but much of his career on Tyneside was plagued by injury.

He scored Champions League goals against Barcelona in 2002 and against Bayer Leverkusen the following year, while his best return in the Premier League saw him score nine goals in 2005-06.

Also, Ameobi netted 11 goals in 21 games to help Newcastle win promotion from the Championship in 2010 but he steadily became a fringe player under Pardew’s rejigged system.

Ameobi’s new club, Gaziantep, who are currently managed by Suat Kaya, finished in 14th place in the TFF First League last season.

“We want to establish an ambitious team in the league this season, and a strong team continues to strengthen by adding players,” a statement published on Gaziantep’s official website read.

“We have therefore tied Nigerian striker Shola Ameobi – from one of the strongest teams in England, Newcastle United – to us for one year.”


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