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Transfer news: Crystal Palace sign Shola Ameobi

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

Ameobi was a free agent after leaving Turkish side Gaziantep in December.

Ameobi has joined up with Ex-Newcastle manager Alan Pardew at Palace Credit: PA

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.


Pardew thanks Ameobi: 'Such loyalty and commitment is rare'

Shola Ameobi is leaving the Magpies. Credit: PA wire

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has thanked Shola Ameobi for being 'an incredible servant to Newcastle United' during his 14 years at the club.

The long-serving striker will leave before the 2014/15 season.

In a statement, Pardew said: "Such loyalty and commitment in the modern game is rare and Shola was not just a great player on the pitch but a key figure off it too.

"He is a leader of men, a great role model for our younger players and I wish him well for the remainder of his career."

On-loan strikers Remy and de Jong to leave NUFC

Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong, who've been on loan at Newcastle United, will return to their parent clubs next season.

Loic Remy will return to Queens Park Rangers. Credit: PA wire

French international striker Remy was the Magpies top goal scorer last season, with 14 goals in just 27 games. He will return to Queens Park Rangers.

Luuk de Jong has been with the Magpies since January. Credit: PA wire

De Jong was a January loan signing from German side Borussia Monchengladbach. He made 12 appearances for Newcastle.

MORE: De Jong: Newcastle's a great club

Michael Richardson, Steven Logan, Brandon Miele and Jonathan Mitchell have also been released ahead of the 2014/15 season.

Manager Alan Pardew said: 'I would like to thank each of these players for the effort, attitude and application they have put in while at the Club.'

Ameobi leaves NUFC: 'I have always worn the famous shirt with pride'

Shola Ameobi is leaving the Magpies. Credit: PA wire

Shola Ameobi has thanked 'everyone at Newcastle United' as it is announced he is leaving after 14 years at the club - but said he hasn't ruled out a comeback 'in some capacity'.

In a statement on the NUFC website, he said both parties felt it was the 'right time' to part company and added:

"I've been at Newcastle United all my career and I've enjoyed every moment and always worn the famous shirt with pride. I am now looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career.

"I would like to place on record a big thank you to everyone at Newcastle United.

"I wish the Club great success in the future and I'm sure with the team and management they have, Newcastle United will go from strength to strength.

"Finally, a big thank you to the supporters who have always been fantastic.

"I hope to come back to Newcastle United one day in some capacity to help repay some of the faith and loyalty that everybody connected to the Club has shown me during my time here."


Pardew backs Newcastle stalwart to manage

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has backed Shola Ameobi to follow him into management.

He is a very important leader. He is a player who is going to have a huge future on the coaching and managerial front himself.

He has had great experience here. You have to remember, he has experienced the real heady days under [Sir] Bobby [Robson] and some disappointing days as well.

He has seen it all and that gives him great experience for this particular club, and that's why he is very, very important in my changing room.