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Middlesbrough close in on signing of Newcastle forward Sammy Ameobi

LOAN MOVE ... Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi.
LOAN MOVE ... Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi.

MIDDLESBROUGH are leading the race to sign Newcastle United forward Sammy Ameobi on loan.

A clutch of teams are interested in the 20-year-old, who will be farmed out for first-team football by manager Alan Pardew.

Pardew is willing to loan Ameobi out for the rest of the season.

And Middlesbrough, pushing for a Championship play-off place, have held discussions with Newcastle.