Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew isn't pushing Shola Ameobi out the exit door.

Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser last night against Pacos Ferreira amid rumours he could leave this summer, although given his lack of strength in depth, Pardew is reluctant to allow that to happen.

He said: "Shola is a player that is under contract here. He's not made any noises to me that he wants to leave.

"Certainly with my striker situation at the moment, I need as many as I can get."