Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi is hoping for a start after his winner against QPR.

Toon boss Alan Pardew is in the process of identifying potential targets of his own in several positions, and has confirmed that Marseille frontman Loic Remy is among them.

Ameobi said: "It's been frustrating, sitting on the bench every week and watching the lads out there doing their best to try to win.

"As a player, you want to be involved and help in any way you can. At the moment, that's me coming off the bench and I just have to do what I can.

"Hopefully, I can make an impact like I did on Saturday. I'm just really delighted that we sent everyone home happy for Christmas."