The Independent is reporting today that Arsenal are poised to make a â‚¤13M move for Newcastle United striker Oba Martins later this week.
The Newcastle squad returns today from their week long training camp in Austria and it’s reported that Martins still has to make up his mind on his Newcastle future.
We’ll take a look at this story and what it potentially means to Newcastle.
It’s was reported yesterday in the Journal that Sam Allardyce has held one-on-one talks with Martins but that Oba has yet to decide on whether he will stay at Newcastle. We would expect Oba and Sam have agreed on a date this week when Oba will make a decision one way or the other.
It does look like Arsenal will bid the â‚¤13M necessary to take Matins from Newcastle to Arsenal – and if the deal goes ahead then at least we’ll have made a â‚¤3M profit on the deal – and that’ll be a change.
What’s a little more disturbing is that it’s also being reported that if Oba’s contract is renegotiated at Newcastle to remove the release clause – he wants more wages then his current â‚¤60K/week â€“ and closer to the â‚¤100K/week Michael Owen is getting. If that’s true we find that greedy â€“ although he did have a good season last season before Newcastle just fell apart in the last 10 games of the season – he is hardly due a big rise because of his performances. To us it seems he’s got Newcastle in a precarious position (because of their own fault as it turns out) and is trying to get as much out of the club as possible. Newcastle are unlikely to accede to these demands and maybe that is what Martins is looking for â€“ but he certainly will not get those wages at Arsenal either.
Sam Allardyce has still said he wants to keep Oba and unless Martins comes out with a strong statement saying he wants to stay at Newcastle we think he’ll be on his way â€“ probably at the end of this week. Then Sam can look to bring another striker in and Barcelona’s Gudjohnsen would probably be the favorite and also maybe Raul from Real Madrid or Alan Smith from Manchester United.
Arsenal have not done much in the transfer market yet. Thierry Henry left for Â£16M and they have added the Â£8M purchase of Croatian striker Eduardo da Silva as ArsÃ¨ne Wenger tries to remake his attack. This lack of activity has made William Gallas unhappy at Arsenal and it looks like he will leave the London club. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get him as part of the deal for Martins â€“ it’s worth a try – but we think we have little chance because Gallas has already stated he wants to join one of the big Spanish or Italian clubs.
Well – we should know one way or the other on Oba Martins this week – and if he goes at least Sam will have every chance to bring in a new striker before the season starts on August 11th. We think Eidur Gudjohnsen would be a great acquisition for the club – a proven Premiership player who can score goals and also play central midfield if required.