Alan Pardew forced into free transfers after Shola Ameobi injury

03 February 2011 04:44
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is set to turn to the free transfer market after losing Shola Ameobi to injury.

Pardew was still coming to terms with star striker Andy Carroll's ?35million move to Liverpool when Ameobi broke his cheekbone in the 1-0 defeat at Fulham.

With Xisco on loan at Deportivo la Coruna, Ryan Donaldson at Hartlepool and Phil Airey sidelined with a hamstring injury, Pardew has Nile Ranger, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands fit.

The cheek of it: Ameobi is forced off early on at Craven Cottage

Jeremie Aliadiere, the former Arsenal and Middlesbrough player, is available for free along with a host of players up and down the country and across the continent.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: 'It is a possibility. We have to explore every avenue. The situation is we are short on bodies.'

Ameobi copuld be out for a couple of months and Pardew added: 'It is a massive blow. Shola is going to be crucial because we have already lost Andy Carroll. To lose him has put extra pressure on us all.

'The doctor thinks it might be the fracture of the cheekbone. The injury is going to keep him out for some time.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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