Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of 33-year-old Nigerian striker Shola Ameobi on a free transfer.

Ameobi will be reunited with his former coach at Newcastle United Alan Pardew whom he worked with for four years before moving to the Turkish league last summer after his contract at the Tyneside expired.

He has won 10 caps for Nigeria where before moving to Newcastle as a youngster. He represented the Super Eagles in the 2014 World Cup, having previously won 20 caps for the England under-21 side.

Ameobi spent 14 years at Newcastle after breaking into the first-team from their academy. He appeared 397 times for the Magpies, finding the back of the net 79 times, winning the Championship in 2009/10 and representing the club in the UEFA Champions League.

He is however delighted to have signed a short-term contract with the Selhurst Park club until the end of the season and was a free agent after leaving Gaziantep last month.

“I’m very excited to be here,” Ameobi who will be wearing No. 23 shirt for Palace said.

“I wanted to get back in the Premier League and having worked with the manager before it’s been great to come back and hopefully help us avoid the relegation battle,”Ameobi said.

“I had a couple of other club interested but I think my relationship with Alan [Pardew] and how much I enjoyed working with him was one of the big factor in my decision.

“He instils confidence in players and he always seems to get the best out of them, certainly he did that at Newcastle and hopefully he can do that for me and the rest of the lads here.”

Meanwhile, the Eagles have also signed Jordon Mutch from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee, their third signing of the January transfer window after Yaya Sanogo joined from Arsenal.


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