Boro close on Sammy Ameobi
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that Sammy Ameobi is close to agreeing a loan move to local rivals Middlesbrough.
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Boro's floundering Championship promotion push has seen them win just once since the turn of the year - and now Tony Mowbray is looking for loan reinforcements.
Ameobi has emerged a target for Boro and Pardew looks ready to sanction the deal.
"We are going to talk to Middlesbrough," said Pardew.
"I would like to help them out if they want him and hopefully we can conclude that."