Bolton Wanderers winger Sammy Ameobi had been linked with Nottingham Forest just a few months ago but a deal never materialised.
With the summer transfer window just around the corner, the Reds will undoubtedly be linked with potential incomings over the next few weeks. Martin O’Neill will want to bolster his squad to ensure they forge a stronger push for promotion to the Premier League next season.
The Northern Irishman has already stated that he will be looking to strengthen in attacking areas in particular. He does have a limited amount of wide options. If it wasn’t for Joe Lolley‘s tremendous season, it would’ve been a struggle.
Matty Cash has been regularly utilised on the right-hand side. Although it’s impossible to fault his effort, he lacks the quality to be able to fire the Reds to promotion. It’s a position which clearly needs strengthening.
In this case, Ameobi is capable of playing in a number of different positions. Phil Parkinson has used him on both the right and left, as well as a centre-forward this season. Although it has been a struggle for the Trotters, Ameobi has still managed to pick up four goals and three assists.
The Daily Mail reported on Deadline Day on their live blog (31/1; 15:25) in January that the Reds were interested in signing the 27-year-old winger. However, the Trotters reportedly demanded a hefty £4 million for his signature. This could be a key reason why a deal never materialised.
And don’t be surprised if Ameobi makes a sudden return to the gossip columns. With Bolton’s current off-the-field troubles, they may have no option but to cash in on the player this summer. This is despite the fact he still has a year left on his contract.
It remains to be seen what side Parkinson is able to name against the Reds at the weekend. But if Ameobi is involved, it’s likely to be his final appearance for the Trotters.
Athletic, versatile and a threat going forward in this division, Ameobi may see this as a good opportunity to impress the side he was attracting interest from just a few months ago.