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Former Newcastle forward Ameobi signs for Fleetwood

Former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has signed for League One side Fleetwood Town until the end of the season.

Ameobi, 34, has made 298 appearances in the Premier League for both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace and turned down a number of clubs to join Steven Pressley's side.

Spurs target Berahino going nowhere this month

Saido Berahino is set to stay at West Brom, with the Baggies unwilling to sell this month.

Tottenham and Newcastle are interested in the striker, but Albion have no intention of cashing in before Monday's transfer deadline, Press Association Sport understands.

Berahino is staying put. Credit: PA

They rejected four bids from Spurs in the summer - which led to Berahino threatening to strike - but have not received any offers during the January window.

Tottenham's offers would have been paid in instalments, with their final bid rising to £23million, and their approach strained the relationship between the clubs, although any differences have since been patched up.

Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has been bullish in his stance over Berahino, with no club getting close to his valuation of the 22-year-old, and with just days left of the January transfer window it is understood the Baggies do not expect to receive an acceptable offer.

The England Under-21 international has scored four goals in 19 games this term - and has not started a match since October - after netting 20 times last season.

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Newcastle's hunt for striker intensifies as Cisse faces lengthy absence

Newcastle's search for striking reinforcements has taken a new twist after it emerged that Papiss Cisse will be sidelined for a month after undergoing surgery.

Papiss Cisse is out for up to five weeks. Credit: PA

PA Sport understands the 30-year-old Senegal international will be out for four to five weeks after having a procedure to address the groin problem which has seen him miss the last five games.

Head coach Steve McClaren revealed last week that Cisse had returned to training after a third opinion on the injury which suggested he may not require an operation, but warned that could prove not to be the case.

Cisse's absence means summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored his fourth goal for the club in Tuesday night's 3-3 Barclays Premier league draw with Manchester United, remains the Magpies' only fit specialist striker.

They have been tracking a series of possible additions in that department in recent weeks, but with Chelsea's Loic Remy and QPR's Charlie Austin now looking unlikely potential signings and Wolfsburg front man Bas Dost facing a six-week lay-off with a broken bone in his foot, the field has dwindled somewhat.

West Brom's Saido Berahino is among a list of players whose situations are being monitored, but the Magpies are far from lone potential suitors.

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Newcastle make moves for Saivet and Shelvey

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is hoping for a much-needed double transfer breakthrough as he attempts to drag the club out of yet another worrying tailspin.

Shelvey could be set to join Newcastle. Credit: PA

PA Sport reported that Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet was on Tyneside on Monday to discuss a potential move, while the Magpies are also understood to have formalised their long-held interest in Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey.

Senegal international Saivet, 25, has spent much of his career playing as a winger but has occupied a central role for his club this season and could cost in excess of £4million.

Shelvey, who was coveted by former boss Alan Pardew during his time at St James' Park, appears to be heading out of Swansea after losing his place under first Garry Monk and then new boss Alan Curtis.

He was reportedly involved in a row with a Swans fan following the club's 3-2 FA Cup third round defeat by League Two Oxford on Sunday.

Shelvey has been linked with a £10million switch to Newcastle as the club attempts to end a run of four consecutive 1-0 defeats and ease itself out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with home games against Manchester United on Tuesday evening and West Ham at the weekend.

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