Following his release from Turkish side Gaziantep, Newcastle cult-hero Shola Ameobi has started training with the Tyneside club as he searches for a future employer.
Despite the striker shortage in the Magpies ranks, boss John Carver has stressed the Nigerian international will not be re-signed in January.
“He knows the medical staff and knows me from way back, we’ve allowed him to come in and get some treatment,” protests the interim manager, no-doubt in blind fear of the supporter revolt he’d spark in handing a contract to a player the club spent 14 years trying to get rid of just six months after his departure.
Ameobi has been linked with a move to the MLS, while West Brom and Crystal Palace, under the guidance of the 33-year-old’s former coach Alan Pardew, are also interested.
But although the prospect doesn’t sound overly attractive, bringing back Ameobi on a short-term deal might hold a few benefits for Newcastle.
It certainly worked well for this raft of high profile clubs who opted to reintegrate players boasting legend status back into the fold during the winter window.
Arsenal deity and Premier League record goalscorer Thierry Henry rejoined the Gunners on a two-month loan deal from New York Red Bulls during the MLS off-season in January 2012.
On his second debut he famously bagged a late winner in the FA Cup third round against Leeds, while he signed off his stint with a game-settling, injury-time strike at Sunderland.
Six years prior Rafa Benitez decided to bolster his attacking artillery with former Anfield goal-fiend Robbie Fowler.
The Reds squeezed a season-and-a-half out of the man who scored 171 goals during his first spell with the club following his re-signing.
He bagged eight times in the top-flight across this spell.
Manchester United have also dabbled in the art of reintroducing a crafty veteran, drawing on Paul Scholes’ ample experience for the second half of the 2011/12 campaign.
His comeback clash was a FA Cup third-round derby with Manchester City, which the Red Devils won 3-2.