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Slade targets Ameobi for loan spell at Cardiff.

Byline: Terry Phillips Football correspondent terry.phillips@walesonline.co.uk

Cardiff CITY have Y made a bold bid to sign winger Sammy Ameobi from Newcastle United. The Geordie pace ace is out of contract with his home city club this month, but looks set to agree a new deal and then go out on a seasonlong loan.

Cardiff can offer the 23-year-old regular Championship football and are among the leading contenders to snap up the England under-21 international.

A number of Premier League clubs were linked with moves to sign Ameobi, including West Brom, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Everton, but none of them followed up with a firm offer. Spanish club Real Sociedad, where former Everton manager David Moyes is in charge, were also thought to be considering an offer, but now it looks likely Ameobi will commit to Newcastle on a new deal.

He has made 66 first team appearances, scoring four goals, while he had a loan spell with Middlesbrough during 2013.

Sammy's older brother, 33-year-old Shola, left Newcastle to sign for Gaziantep in Turkey almost a year ago, to the Premier League when he signed for Crystal Palace last January and is now on trial at Hull City.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade made a double swoop for Ameobi and Hull central midfield player Stephen Quinn, who, it seems, has opted to sign for Championship rivals Reading.

Slade is still keen to add an experienced central midfield player to his squad, while he hopes to persuade Ameobi that Cardiff City is the club to join on loan for 2015-16.

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