The 22-year-old Nigeria international was the club´s leading scorer with 17 in his first season at St James´ Park, but speculation has been rife for several weeks that Arsenal could be ready to trigger a £13million get-out clause in his contract.
Ferdinand said: "I recommend Oba to stay at Newcastle. He had a great season last year for me and grabbed 17 goals. Considering how disappointing Newcastle were last year, he still shone."
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