Crystal Palace have completed the signing of former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.
Ameobi was a free agent after leaving Turkish side Gaziantep in December.
The 33-year-old Nigeria international has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Ameobi is likely to need time to regain fitness after an unsuccessful stint in Turkey.
During his 14 years at Newcastle United, Ameobi scored 53 goals.
Newcastle United have confirmed that John Carver will take the role of head coach until the end of the 2014/15 season.
Here are five things you may not know about him:
- Carver was born in Newcastle and once played for Gateshead.
- He was also caretaker manager at St James' Park during 2004.
- He's was head coach of Toronto FC during 2008.
- During his time in the MLS he was charged $750 for openly criticising the standard of refereeing.
- Though his head coach role is only until the end of summer Carver is contracted with Newcastle until 2020.
Former Assistant Manager John Carver has been appointed Newcastle United head coach until the end of the season.
Carver said: "This is a proud day for me.
"I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this Club means to this city and its people. I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.
"I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club."
There are reports that Newcastle United will confirm John Carver as head coach until the end of the season.
The club have not officially confirmed the appointment but it is thought confirmation will come today, January 26
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It is six months to the day since the MH17 disaster.
Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney were travelling to watch Newcastle play a pre-season match in New Zealand on 17 July last year. Their plane, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, was shot down over Ukraine.
298 people were killed in the tragedy.
Newcastle United caretaker boss John Carver is keen to 'put the record straight' when his side host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Magpies have lost 4-0 in the previous two meetings between the two teams and Carver believes the defeat at St Mary's earlier this season was a particularly bad day for Newcastle.
Newcastle United vice-captain Siem De Jong has returned to training after more than four months out with a thigh injury.
Magpies caretaker John Carver confirmed that the 25-year-old had trained with the first-team and the Dutchman has since expressed his delight on Twitter:
Newcastle United caretaker John Carver has confirmed that several of the club's injured players could soon return to action.
Summer signing Siem De Jong is among them. The Dutchman has been out with a thigh injury since September but he resumed training this week.