NEW Crystal Palace striker Shola Ameobi says the lure of working with his old Newcastle boss Alan Pardew once again was too good to turn down.
Ameobi, 33, joined Palace as a free agent on a deal until the end of the season, having left Turkish side Gaziantep in December.
Speaking exclusively to the Advertiser today (Monday) he said the opportunity to be reunited with Pardew was the key factor behind his decision to come to Palace.
He said: "My contract got cancelled in Turkey and basically I spoke to Alan Pardew. He was very interested in bringing me to Palace and I was looking for a club, preferably a Premier League one.
"I want to get back to where I was at Newcastle in terms of quality and play at the highest level possible.
"Palace is just a great fit. I had a couple of other options but my affiliation with Alan [was the main factor] I just enjoy working under him and the move had come at a good time for me."