Newcastle United have given Ipswich permission to open talks with Shola Ameobi.

The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle director of football Dennis Wise has given Ipswich Town permission to talk to Ameobi and it is now up to the striker whether he goes to Portman Road.

Ameobi played under Glenn Roeder at St James's Park and in the same United team as Lee Clark, now at Norwich City.

But Ameobi is on £15,000 a week with United, and this - and the transfer fee - are way out of the Canaries' budget.