It was always felt Shola was primed to exit the club this summer after Alan Pardew stalled on contract talks in January.
But it seems there was a twist in the tale.
According to reports in the The Sun, Ameobi has turned down the offer of a one-year contract extension last week.
The 32-year-old has decided to wait until after the World Cup before making a decision on his future after being named in Nigeria’s 30-man provisional list.
It was a very sad exit for Shola who was sent off for Newcastle as they lost 2-1 to Liverpool in the final game of the season.