Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was scheduled to hold talks with Obafemi Martins last Friday in an attempt to keep him at St James’ Park.
We all now know that the Nigerian striker has a Â£13M release clause in his contract which could be triggered by any club prepared to pay that amount before the transfer window closes on midnight of August 31st.
We have been told that clause is causing Big Sam some severe heartburn.
A Pensive Oba Martins
How many goals can I score for Newcastle next year?
Arsenal have been rumored to be preparing a bid to as they try to find a replacement for the departed Thierry Henry to Barcelona. Martins, who scored a commendable 17 goals for Newcastle last season following a Â£10M switch from Inter Milan, has yet to decide on his future.
However, as we have pointed out yesterday Martins looked particularly happy at training last Friday at Newcastle’s training ground at Little Benton – and hardly looked like a player who was fretting over his future at Newcastle.
We expect that Allardyce will be able to persuade Oba that his future indeed lies at Newcastle – but to do so Sam will probably want to renegotiate his contract to remove that release clause. To do this Oba (or should we say his agents) have said they would want a wage rise to around the amount Owen receives at Newcastle.
While this is what has been reported we think it’s probably closer to the truth to say Oba wants some wage rise â€“ which he’ll probably get â€“ but not to the level Michael currently receives. We think Oba will work well with Sam â€“ who can help guide Oba’s career to the great heights a lot of Newcastle fans expect.
We have still heard nothing official on Oba’s plans â€“ but we are hoping that he sees his future at Newcastle – under the revolution Sam is currently putting in place on Tyne-side.