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Ameobi a last ditch effort for Dougie Freedman

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Feedman has been investigating various options on the wing in an effort to add depth to his squad. It has been rumoured that the England U21 international could be Dougie Freedman’s seventh summer signing.

Sammy Ameobi in action for the Magpies.
Sammy Ameobi in action for the Magpies.
Laurence Griffiths

Manager Dougie Feedman has been vocal about his desire to add another winger to the squad after their rumored interest in Liverpool's winger Raheem Sterling were rebuffed by manager Brendan Rodgers. Per a report from the Bolton News, Ameobi may be a last ditch option. Freedman has a relatively low budget to work with and he’s regularly stated his desire not to break the bank for a player. In addition to that, Freedman has freely discussed his dislike the loan system.

21-year-old Sammy Ameobi is yet to really make his mark at St James Park after rising through the Newcastle United academy. He spent the second half of last year on loan at fellow championship side Middlesbrough. He featured nine times at the Riverside scoring one goal, against Cardiff City, on his debut. Ameobi is still young and Newcastle have indicated that he could be available on loan but Freedman would ideally like a permanent signing and is currently looking at alternatives. Despite this, Freedman has not yet spoken to Alan Pardew about a loan move for the winger.

With Rob Hall’s arrival from West Ham (with compensation yet to be agreed), players such as Chris Eagles and Chung-Yong Lee already under contact at the Reebok, and youngsters like Chris Lester and Sanmi Odelusi coming through the ranks, Bolton Wanderers have a bit of depth but are lacking in experience.

Personally, I’d much rather see the club create their talent rather than take a leaf out of Watford’s book and loan their success. On the other hand adding depth to the squad can’t be a bad thing with the gruelling championship schedule. The Wanderers could push to get a deal tied up in time for their opening game of the season away at Burnley on the 3rd of August.

The loan move for the England U21 international would likely only be for the first half of the season.