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Chelsea teen striker target 'going nowhere'

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Chelsea appear set to miss out on shock striker target Sammy Ameobi after Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insisted the player would be staying with the Toon.

The talented teenager emerged on the Blues radar over the weekend, with the Sunday People claiming Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas had taken an interest in the player.

However, Pardew has quickly moved to dismiss suggestions that the 19-year-old, who received a late call-up into Stuart Pearce's England U21s squad on Tuesday, will be leaving St James' Park any time soon.

“Sammy is a bit different. He offers – especially with Gabriel Obertan at the moment being injured – something different. We’ve got to see how bad Obertan is but Sammy isn’t going anywhere.”

A move away from Tyneside to Stamford Bridge would be a major surprise for the brother of Shola Ameobi, but does fit with Villas-Boas' policy of bringing young players to Chelsea in an effort to reduce the age of his squad in west London.

Following the former Porto manager's arrival at the club in June, youngsters such as Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu have all been drafted in to reinvigorate the Chelsea squad.

A talented crop of youngsters already existed within the Chelsea youth setup, with Josh McEachran the most high-profile recent graduate on the cusp of the first team.

Milan Lalkovic and Ryan Bertrand are two further examples of players who Ameobi would join should the move to Chelsea be made, although it appears to have been well and truly nipped in the bud by Pardew at an early stage.

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