Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi is reportedly a target for Bolton Wanderers ahead of their first season back in the Championship.

Ameobi has been on Newcastle's books for the last nine years, after joining the Tyneside club in 2008 and working his way up the youth ranks.

However, now at 25 years old, Rafa Benitez is said to be happy to let Ameobi leave the club on a free - with his contract running out this summer.

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Ameobi's recent loan spell with Wanderers means that the club believe that they would be front-runners for his signature when his deal runs out; with the forward positions being an area in which they are looking to strengthen.

“We need more competition, it’s as simple as that." Bolton manager Phil Parkinson told the Bolton news (via the Chronicle Live). “In the Championship you do have international breaks, which mean after a while the midweek games start piling up.

“We certainly don’t want to find ourselves short, so we’re looking at bringing a couple more strikers in.

“It stands to reason that in a higher division, a competitive league, we’re going to need a better-quality squad.”

Ameobi spent the first half of the season on loan at Bolton, helping the club to a promotion push and scoring four goals in 25 appearances.

However, Newcastle boss Benitez decided to give him a second chance towards the end of the season when the Magpies were in need of cover - but Ameobi failed to grasp the opportunity, only mustering four appearances in that time.